Parents Of Boy Killed In Car Crash Launch Campaign To Save Young Drivers Lives-adobe gamma

Automobiles Young drivers, particularly male ones, are the group often blamed for car crash deaths, and with good reason. It is a significant social problem, and one that I have explored many times before. It is a difficult task to over-ride the innate cockiness, ostentatiousness and stubbornness of a young driver who wants to prove to his friends what a good driver he is by averaging 50 miles per hour everywhere, even through city centres. It is dangerous to generalize, of course: there are plenty of young drivers as careful and capable as the best out there, but it only takes a small amount of motorists in their age group to wreak havoc. And even the most careful young drivers, as I remember from personal experience, occasionally get egged on and goaded into doing something they shouldn’t by their peers. But the fact is, something can be done. Dangerous, reckless and selfish driving is a product, it could be said, of the arrogance of youth and the thrill of exploiting a new found freedom. These young drivers don’t wish to kill: they’re not vindictive, just arrogant and careless. One couple’s drive to cut car crash tragedies To this end, a Scottish couple who lost their son in a car crash earlier this year have teamed up with their local police force to launch a campaign to save lives. Diane and Graham Matheson’s son Callum died when his friend Ahlee Jackson crashed a car with a two-litre engine through a wall and into a tree on Island Bank Road, Inverness. She didn’t hold a driving license, was only 17, and worst of all, was drunk. She also died in the crash. Mrs Matheson, speaking to the Press and Journal, said "Callum was in the car less than a minute before he was killed – he took a chance. "If you are going to be a passenger think about the driver you are going to get in the car with. If they take a chance or speed then don’t go with them. "As a newly-qualified driver if you take passengers you are responsible for their lives. If you love your friends take responsibility for them when driving." The scheme, which will involve Northern Constabulary distributing leaflets at various locations including Inverness College, will educate young drivers on various relevant topics including ‘drink or drug-driving, speeding, lights, tyres, using mobile phones while driving, seatbelts, altered exhausts, tinted windows, antisocial behaviour warnings and vehicle forfeiture’ as well as relevant penalties and punishments. It also reminds young drivers that they will lose their license if they notch up six points in the first two years of driving, something that could be accumulated through two illegal tyres or one speeding misdemeanour. Head of the force’s road policing division John Smith said: "Young drivers are often responsible for collisions due to inexperience or are just not aware of all the legislation that applies to them more so than it does to other drivers. "Diane and Graeme Matheson have obviously suffered a great personal tragedy but with their support we can engage with parents and help them appreciate their role in educating young drivers." The Mathesons also set up their own website, .deadlymates.., to remind young drivers of the dangers of reckless road use, and to remind them to have the confidence to refuse a lift with someone whose driving they fear could harm them. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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