underage driving

Shocking facts about children behind the wheel

Recent research has highlighted the shocking facts about children being prosecuted for dangerous driving. Every week a child is prosecuted for dangerous driving with at least 66 minors being convicted in 2015.

Despite not being legally old enough to drive, at least 12 children were convicted of DR10, ‘driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above the permitted limit’ offences and 4 were prosecuted for a DR30 ‘driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis’. Also one child under the age of 17 was prosecuted and convicted having been found with drugs in their system.

The grim reality of children getting behind the wheel illegally was highlighted by the conviction of a minor in 2015 for causing death by dangerous driving. In the past three years minors have also been convicted of CD80 ’causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving’ and CD90 ‘causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured’ offences.

Increasing numbers of children under the age of 17 are being disqualified from driving before they are even old enough to legally get behind the wheel, with disqualifications up five per cent in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period in 2013. A growing number of children under the age of 17 are committing multiple offences. Almost 1000 under age ‘drivers’ have been prosecuted more than once for driving offences, some as young as 12, with the worst offender (aged 16) already being prosecuted 15 times!

The impact on the victims and their families involved in accidents with these drivers is immeasurable and devastating. These figures are shocking and hopefully by highlighting them the government may be prompted into taking urgent action before more innocent people lose their lives and families are left devastated by the irresponsible actions of under age offenders.
At Begin Driving we continually remind our students that safety on the road is a responsibility that all drivers have to bear. Keep yourself safe on the road – keep others safe on the road. If you see antisocial driving report it, don’t let someone else suffer, antisocial driving is an offence.