Judge calls for driving law change to restrict young motorists after fatal crash

Judge calls for driving law change to restrict young motorists after fatal crash

Judge Niclas Parry has said he will push to ensure newly qualified and inexperienced motorists are only allowed to have one passenger for a certain period after passing a test. He has also called for speed restricting devices to be installed on vehicles before newly qualified drivers can even use public roads.

The changes could see young motorists less likely to show off to their friends and put others at risk.

The comments come after the judge heard a case which involved the death of a 17-year-old girl after a race between boy racers.

Mold Crown Court heard how Olivia Alkir was killed after the vehicle she was a passenger in crashed head-on with a Mercedes during a race between two youngsters.

A 17-year-old boy had been travelling at 90mph before the collision after racing his friend Thomas Quick, now 18.

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The teenagers were sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving. 

Judge Niclas Parry said the offenders had used the village roads “as a racetrack” before adding the case would serve as a warning to other youngsters about the dangers of getting into vehicles driven by those willing to take deliberate risks.

The judge then outlined his suggestions to consider bans on passengers of newly qualified motorists until a 12 month probation period has been passed.

Speaking to the court, he said: “I shall be writing to the Minister in government to advise him of the facts of this case.

“Inviting him to consider the same when consideration continues to be given to legislation that newly qualified drivers should be limited to carrying one passenger only for a period of 12 months following having passed their test and also requiring no newly qualified driver should be permitted to drive on any public road until a speed restricting device has been applied to their vehicle.”

In an impact statement, Miss Alkir’s mother described how the her and her husband Mesut’s world had been shattered at her needless death.

She said: “Olivia’s death and the life-changing injuries inflicted on the other victims were a tragedy that should never have happened.”

“This was not a random accident. This was a calamity caused by the reckless and criminal actions of two young men who played Russian roulette with the lives of their passengers and other road users, which resulted in taking a life and causing severe injuries to four other innocent people.”

This is not the first time calls have been made to introduce restrictions on newly qualified motorists for safety reasons.

The Department for Transport announced plans to introduce a graduated licensing scheme in 2016 with pilots currently taking place in Northern Ireland.

The plans would have seen those under the age of 24 forced to display a P plate on their car for two years and be banned from carrying more than one passenger on the roads.

Motoring organisations such as the RAC have previously welcomed plans to introduce graduated licensing schemes for UK motorists to prevent the loss of young lives.

Road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “Evidence from other countries where some form of graduated driver licensing is used shows that it has been successful in reducing the number of collisions involving young drivers.

“But in order for it to be as effective as possible it has to be part of an overall package of measures including more extensive driver education.”

Published at Sun, 08 Mar 2020 21:57:00 +0000