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Quarter of young car users 'race'

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A study has found nearly a quarter of young people take part in "racing" on public roads, displaying dangerous driving behaviour that risks safety and could have serious impact on their car insurance premiums.

The poll by road safety charity Brake FedEx Express found 23% of 14-25 year olds were were involved in street racing either as drivers or passengers.

More than half (56%) of them have been in a car driven by another young motorist going over the speed limit, while 10% confessed to overtaking at speed even when unable to see oncoming traffic.

Of the 2,800 young people surveyed, 58% did not ask a speeding driver to slow down.

Brake and FedEx Express have now launched a safety campaign, 2young2die, and are urging the Government to introduce graduated driver licensing so that young people who choose to learn to drive must do so in stages over a longer time period.

Brake campaigns officer Ellen Booth said today: "Many young people get a thrill from driving fast with their friends in the car, but because of the way young people's brains develop, they often don't yet have the ability to control their thrill-seeking tendencies."

© Press Association 2010