A third of accidents on South Yorkshire roads involve drivers aged 17 to 25.
That age group only makes up ten per cent of the population but they are involved in 33 per cent of collisions.
And the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, which includes representatives of Barnsley Council, says there has been another spate of serious collisions involving young drivers. The partnership is urging young drivers to slow down and asking parents to reinforce the message about safe motoring.
PC Mick Hedges said: “Starting to drive at a young age is something we all look forward to. It’s great getting out and about with our friends, enjoying the freedom and independence that driving brings.
"But with that new lease of life comes responsibility. What can seem fun and a great laugh one minute can turn into the worst day of your life in a split second.”
The partnership is putting on two-hour 'Drive for Life' sessions. Visit: www.drive-for-life.org