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Blackburn MP Jack Straw backs drive to cut car accidents
9:12am Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
JACK Straw has backed a campaign to change how young people learn to drive to cut car accidents and injuries involving them.
But he warned that it would have to overcome “institutionalised resistance” in Whitehall.
The Blackburn MP said he supported the campaign by the Association of British Insurers to improve the safety of young drivers.
Mr Straw told a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in Manchester: “This is a really important campaign. As a senior minister, I came across a certain amount of institutional resistance in the Department of Transport.
“Only by having the support of a Cabinet Minister can we do something to create a shift in this resistance, and begin to address the issue of how to make driving for young people safer and more affordable.”
The campaign aims to: introduce a learning period of at least a year before a young driver can take a test; ban intensive driving courses; introduce ‘graduated driver licensing’; and lower the drink-drive limit for drivers aged 17 – 24.
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