District’s young motorists among country’s most ‘at risk’

East Lindsey's young motorists are among the most 'at risk' in Britain.
East Lindsey's young motorists are among the most 'at risk' in Britain.

YOUNG motorists in East Lindsey are among the most at-risk in the country, a report claims.

Road Safety Analysis have ranked the district 27th in the country for risks posed to drivers aged 16 to 29.

The report claims that young, rural motorists are 37 per cent more likely to be injured in a collision than their urban counterparts, but this drops to eight per cent for those over 30.

Author Tanya Fosdik says that increased training and testing rurally is required to address the current dangers.

Communications manager for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, John Siddle, said the combination of poor public transport links and longer commutes meant rural youngsters are using their cars more than those living in urban areas.

He said: “Our drivers, when going out and about are not doing two to three miles. The nearest thing could be a shop seven miles away or a school 15 miles away.

“The kind of mileage they are doing represents a risk and those miles that they are going to be doing tend to be at national speed limit.”