Brake, the road safety charity, made the national news headlines last week with a survey showing that one in five 17-18 year-old drivers admits drink-driving, and one in 14 admits driving on drugs.
The UK-wide survey of more than 3,000 teens revealed that young people are not only gambling with their own lives, but that of their peers - a third said they had been a passenger with a drunk or drugged driver.
Brake called the results ‘shocking’ and repeated its call for government action on young driver safety.
Jools Townsend, head of education at Brake, said: “Decisive government action to tackle young driver crashes is long overdue. We are demanding that the government moves forward with an overhaul of driver training and testing, and introduces graduated driver licensing, which has been highly effective in cutting casualties in other countries.”