Charity’s message after crash claimed life of teen

Elise Kelly
Elise Kelly

A CHARITY says more needs to be done to keep young road users safe just days after a horror crash in Wigan claimed the life of a teenager.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said there is a “drastic need” to keep young people safe on the road following a number of tragic incidents last weekend.

The unfortunate events over the weekend demonstrate exactly how dangerous Britain’s roads can be, particularly for those who have not been behind the wheel for long

Tom Mullarkey

Wigan experienced its share of horror as 16-year-old Rose Bridge High School pupil Elise Kelly died in hospital after being a passenger in a car which collided with a bollard and garden wall in Lower Ince in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In response to incidents which killed a further six people on the roads over the weekend RoSPA is now calling for measures to ensure young people are kept safe on the roads.

RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey said: “The unfortunate events over the weekend demonstrate exactly how dangerous Britain’s roads can be, particularly for those who have not been behind the wheel for long.

“More must be done to prevent the terribly high number of young casualties, so we are calling for a radical approach to be taken by all political parties.”

The charity has drawn up a green paper which calls for graduated driver licencing among a comprehensive package of measures to reduce the casualty rate on Britain’s roads.

A total of 131 young drivers were killed on the roads in 2013, with a further 1,159 being left with serious injuries.

The charity’s call has been backed by 24 organisations and RoSPA now wants each political party to commit to supporting its green paper inMay’s general election.

RoSPA head of road safety Kevin Clinton said: “Young drivers are more likely to be involved in road accidents than experienced drivers and yet they drive fewer miles.

“Sadly, they account for about 20 per cent of all road deaths. But if we all work more closely together, there is scope to reduce, significantly, the number of incidents involving new and inexperienced drivers.”