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Speeding is OK, say young drivers

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Two out of five young drivers think nothing of breaking a 30mph speed limit by 10mph or more, according to a new poll.

The survey of 500 drivers aged 16 to 21 found that almost a quarter (24%) thought it was fine to get behind the wheel after consuming up to one and a half pints of beer or equivalent alcohol.

Furthermore the poll found that 9% of the male drivers polled see nothing wrong in drinking alcohol more than the equivalent of one and a half pints of beer before driving.

According to the survey, more than a half (58%) believe young drivers behave more dangerously when accompanied by young passengers.

The results of the survey were released as a campaign to overhaul the learning-to-drive system was launched by road safety charity Brake, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Co-operative Insurance Company.

The campaign is calling for a restriction to be introduced on the time of day that young drivers can take to the road in an attempt to prevent late-night speeding crashes.

Campaigners also want young drivers to be given a lower legal alcohol limit and be restricted from carrying young passengers.

© Press Association 2011