New road rules are welcome

Road safety has once again been highlighted, in the wake of a number of tragic road deaths in recent weeks.

Road safety has once again been highlighted, in the wake of a number of tragic road deaths in recent weeks.

In general, we have made huge strides on this issue, and our roads are generally safer than they used to be.

A number of factors have contributed to this, not least a crackdown on speeding and drinking driving, improved road networks, and greater driver awareness through education.

However, much of this good can be undone very quickly, as the number of fatalities over the past month has clearly demonstrated.

When it comes to road safety, there is no room for complacency.

The demographic deemed the riskiest and most recless on our roads are young male drivers. In many cases they have lived up to this

repuation.

With this in mind, earlier this month saw the introduction of a crackdown on learner and newly-qualified drivers. Under these

new rules, these young motorists will be off the road if they garner as few as six penalty points. New drivers will also have to display a ‘N’ for novice plate for two years after they pass their test.

Elsewhere, there will be increased points meted out for speeding, the use of mobile phones and non-seatbelt wearing.

Conceivably therefore, drivers caught speeding and making a phone call could face the prospect of being disqualified.

These are stringent regulations, but they are to be welcomed.