Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is calling on young people across the UK to take more responsibility for their own safety on the roads. The call follows the release of video footage showing two young men in their speeding car, moments before they both died in a crash.
The video shows driver Kyle Careford and his friend Michael Owen speeding along rural roads in Sussex. They crash into a church wall in the village of Rotherfield, where both die instantly. The video, whose contents some may find distressing, can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K39N4PvKQxc
GEM chief executive David Williams says: “It is heart-breaking to watch this video and to see two young lives ended instantly. We commend the courage of the young men’s families for supporting the release of the video, which we hope will challenge anyone who thinks it’s alright to drive fast because they think it’s fun and there are no consequences.
“Figures show that one in five drivers will have a crash within six months of passing their driving test. Inexperience means they may not spot hazards that are developing ahead, while their age means they are also more likely to take risks.
“So we’re challenging them first of all to get their attitude right, and to ensure they concentrate 100%, develop good observation and anticipate what hazards could be developing ahead of them.
“We would like as many young drivers as possible to heed the clear warnings provided by this video, and to do everything they can to reduce the risks they face and the risks they pose – to their passengers and to other road users as well.
GEM has compiled some simple tips to improve safety and reduce risk for young drivers:
- Develop a good attitude to driving that puts safety first and means you’re far less likely to take risks.
- Ensure you minimise distractions. Switch off your mobile phone and turn the music down so you can focus fully on safer driving.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Stay with speed limits on journeys, and always ensure you drive at a speed that allows you to stop – on your side of the road – in the event of any hazard.
- Never drive if you’ve been drinking alcohol and/or taking drugs, and never get in a car driven by someone you suspect to have been drinking or taking drugs.
- Sign your own voluntary code of good driving behavior and encourage your friends to do the same. This code could be an agreement with parents or loved ones, or something you commit to privately.