Concern has been raised over the number of younger drivers being given driving bans, including a small number who are not yet old enough to hold a provisional licence. According to information from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the greatest number of banned drivers were 25 years of age, but the most prominent group were males in their 20s. Worryingly, there were 230 people banned who were under the age of 17; the legal age at which a person can apply for a provisional. Four 13 year olds and four 12 year olds were included in this figure. There were a total of 31,668 drivers in their 20s banned over a one year period, with only 4333 of them being women. During the same year, just 3,874 drivers in their 60s were banned from driving whereas 10,025 people in their 50s received a ban.
The figures suggest that the most at-risk group is young males indicating that this group may need to be targeted for road safety education. The reduction of road traffic offences in young males may make the roads significantly safer according the Institute’s chief executive. He also states that parents should be aware that their children are putting their own and other road users’ lives at risk by getting behind the wheel when under the legal age.
Avoiding driving bans
Simply driving safely, staying aware and avoiding reckless behaviour on the road can make a huge difference to your life and to that of other road users. Driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding or being distracted by a mobile phone can cause a serious road accident which can potentially injure another driver or pedestrian. Although some drivers are very cautious when using the roads, there may be other drivers who do not use the roads responsibly. If you have been involved in an accident that is the fault of another road user, you may be eligible to claim some compensation for any injuries sustained.
Claiming injury compensation
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we work with a team of solicitors who are experts in helping victims of accidents that were the fault of someone else. This includes road traffic accidents and we may be able to help you claim compensation where there is evidence that someone else caused the accident. Take our 30-second test online to determine whether you may be able to make a successful claim or speak to one of our experts over our free 24-hour telephone line – 0800 689 0500.