Young Drivers Beware: Aberdeenshire roads record the highest number of deaths

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Young drivers aged 17 to 24 years old in the UK are more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident than older, more experienced drivers. Fact.

Young drivers aged 17-19 years old only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 12% of fatal and serious crashes.

Aberdeenshire reported the highest number of people killed in road traffic accidents last year compared to any other region of Scotland.

A culture of young drivers driving fast on country roads in the north east is a major contributing factor to the high number of fatal road traffic accidents recorded in Aberdeenshire. With blind corners and bends, pot holes and debris, Aberdeenshire country roads are more unpredictable for young drivers.

Young drivers are also more likely to have numerous passengers in the car, meaning the devastation of an accident can spread amongst multiple families.

Stuart Hogg, a 23 year old Scottish rugby player, is fronting the new road safety campaign by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland encouraging people to watch their speed on country roads.

He was inspired to get involved after being in a car accident on a country road which killed his best friend, who was only 17.  The accident happened when they got involved in a 90mph race along a country road.

Digby Brown proud to support Safe Drive Stay Alive in Aberdeen

Safe Drive Stay Alive is a road safety initiative aimed mainly at 16-17 year olds and will be taking place in Aberdeen for four days, beginning on Monday 2nd November 2015.

By using a mixture of video footage and live stage performances performed by members of the emergency services, the event is designed to help reduce the number of young people involved in fatal or serious collisions in Scotland.  This uses dramatic recreation to bring home the devastation and the lasting impact of road traffic accidents in Aberdeenshire.

This powerful production aims to shock young drivers into thinking about the reasons behind accidents and their consequences on themselves, their families and the wider community.

There is also a free evening show for the general public being held at the Beach Ballroom from 7.15pm on Wednesday 4th November.

Digby Brown Solicitor looks forward to supporting this event and hopes the shock tactics adopted will show young drivers the importance of driving safe and driving smart.

It matters that young drivers today understand the dangers on the road to prevent any further tragedies.

At Digby Brown we see first-hand the devastating effects of road traffic accidents and are committed to raising awareness about the risks on the road. Learn more about the work we do with Brake - the road safety charity or if you have been injured in a road traffic accident, please get in touch on 0333 200 5925 to find out if we can help.