YOUNG drivers are being urged to slow down in attempt to cut the number of casualties on South Yorkshire’s roads.
The South Yorkshire Safet Roads Partnership says 17 to 25-yeard-olds make up just 10% of the population, but are involved in nearly 33% of all road traffic accidents.
Last year there were more than 4,859 casualties on the county’s roads and 30 deaths.
Pc Mick Hedges, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “Starting to drive at a young age is something we all look forward to.
“It’s great getting out and about with our friends, enjoying the freedom and independence that driving brings.
“But with that new lease of life comes responsibility.
“What can seem fun and a great laugh one minute can turn into the worst day of your life in a split second.”
The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership offers free road safety sessions for young drivers under its Drive for Life Programme.
The free and interactive scheme is delivered in two-hour sessions in which young people are advised on how to make sensible decisions on the roads.
For further information on road safety or to organise a Drive for Life presentation at your sixth form or college contact the Safer Roads Partnership on 01709 254 494 or visit the Drive for Life web-site at www.drive-for-life.org