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Shane Ross: Government should consider banning young people from driving at night

Former Minister for Transport Shane Ross has proposed that the government should ban young people from driving at night to prevent road accidents.

The former transport minister spoke on Newstalk as the UK government considers a graduated licence system for newly qualified drivers.

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Some of the proposals include night curfews and a minimum learning period.

Ross considered the current statistics when asked if such a system would be introduced in Ireland to which he stated, “I think that when you look at the statistics of what’s happening here on road deaths and you recognise the fact that speeding is the main cause of road deaths, any suggestion of this sort should be looked at and looked at very very seriously.”

He acknowledged that such a system would be irritating for young people but he said that it is not about attacking the group.

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“This is about saving lives… It’s absolutely statistically undeniable that young people between the age of 17 and 30 really have more accidents and they’re more reckless. That’s young males in particular.”

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae described the proposal as “crazy” and “not fair”.

He said that we don’t want to see anyone get killed on the road but said that attacking new drivers and putting curfews on them is unfair while adding, “We are becoming a nanny state”.

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