Ban Under 25s from Driving

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Immediately after the Duke of Edinburgh’s unfortunate metal crunching exercise there were inevitable calls for older drivers to be banned from driving.

This was simply an example of pure ageism.

The evidence shows that young drivers cause far more accidents.

Traffic accidents among the over 70s occur at a rate of two per year per 1,000 licence holders.

But among the under 25s the rate is nine per 1,000 licence holders.

Moreover, the over 70s drive an average of 1,000 more miles a year than the under 25s.

It obviously makes sense to keep the under 25s off the roads.

Let them ride bicycles – ideally those ones with the little training wheels at the back.

Copyright Vernon Coleman January 21st 2019