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Concerns over level of road traffic offences among students

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Concerns have been raised about the number of university students who admit to flouting the laws of the road.

According to a survey conducted by Ford, a significant proportion of those studying for a degree confess to using their phones at the wheel, breaking the speed limit or drink-driving.

There were also concerns about the proportion of those in their late teens and early 20s who were willing to drive a car “overloaded” with friends, to get behind the wheel after little or no sleep or be a passenger to someone whose driving ability was likely to be impaired by alcohol.

The survey of more than 2,000 young people came as a new academic year starts at university campuses around the country.

Jim Graham, manager of the Ford “Driving Skills For Life” programme, said: “Getting to university is an incredible achievement and it is also where many of us make some of our strongest friendships.

“But we want to make sure these are lifelong friendships and help to ensure that these young people can one day look back with pride on a successful graduation.

“It is crucial students, and all young people, understand the terrible consequences, both for themselves and for others, that taking risks behind the wheel can lead to.”

Overall, some 30 per cent of students admitted they had been involved in a road traffic collision, compared with 25 per cent of those who had taken a job straight from school.

If you are charged with a road traffic offence, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure the best possible representation. For further details about how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, please contact us.

The Police Federation agreed that more accurate crime data had influenced the figures, although members do not believe this tells the whole story.

Nick Smart, who chairs the organisation’s West Yorkshire branch, said: “Having lost 1,200 plus West Yorkshire police officers in five years, or 20 per cent of the police workforce, an increase in crime is also partly due to less officer visibility and deterrent.”

At Lester Morrill, our criminal law team has experience advising those facing a range of charges. For advice on all your options, please contact our Leeds-based solicitors today.