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Telematics could reduce accidents caused by young drivers, suggests politician

Date: 15/01/2015 02:39:54
Category: Car tracking
Author: Laura Varley

The Liberal Democrats are focused on finding a technological solution to the problem of accident-prone young drivers, with telematics being one of the possible fixes.

Baroness Kramer, transport minister, said during question time in the House of Lords regarding young drivers, that the Lib Dems recently commissioned research into how telematics could help reduce accident rates. She noted that the research will "shape future road safety" and the first phase of the study will be complete by April this year, reports bt.com.

Labour peer Lord Jordan has called for more radical solutions to the problem than the ones currently available. He stated that a cross-party commitment is required, as all the measures tried and tested in the past have failed, reports rac.co.uk.

"Young drivers account for about 20 per cent of all road deaths and yet they represent only seven per cent of all full licensed drivers and drive less mileage than older drivers," he commented. "It is now time for this issue to be grasped."

Lib Dem peer Lord Bradshaw agreed with Lord Jordan, stating that young men tend to suffer "horrendous" injuries as a result of driving late at night and too fast in wet conditions. The injuries suffered by these young men are also "horrendously expensive", he added.

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