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There was a 56 per cent increase in the number of drivers in Mayo who were given penalty points for driving while using their mobile phones last year.
Driving the car is a rite of passage for young people. It signals greater independence and the coming of adulthood. For many young people it is a sign of status. Young drivers are known as greater risk takers relative to adults. This, combined with the operation of a several ton vehicle and limited on-the-road experience, is clearly a mix that leads to greater risk. Reducing risk requires multiple interventions.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is warning road users to be extra alert and that greater levels of observation, anticipation, and concentration are required when driving in snow or icy conditions.