Safety appeal to young drivers

YOUNG Borders drivers are being urged to make a pledge to drive slow, sober and secure to protect themselves and others from needless tragedies.

During Road Safety Week, which lasts until November 27, the charity Brake is trying to get the safety message out to young people to reduce deaths and injuries on the UK roads.

Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people aged 15-24. In 2010, 18 young people were killed or seriously injured and more young people die in preventable road crashes than from drugs and violence put together.

Supporting the initiative, Michael Moore MP said: “I appeal to young drivers to recognise that they have lives in their hands when they get behind the wheel and make a commitment to sticking to basic road safety rules, such as not speeding or drinking alcohol before driving, and always belting up.