IN 2007, 13 young drivers and passengers died on the roads of Cheshire.
In 2006, nine women aged 16-25 from Cheshire were killed or seriously injured in car crashes. For young males, the figure rose to 23.
The Chronicle believes these figures are too high.
We want to make 2008 the year when fatality and injury rates for under 25-year-olds fall.
This week it was revealed the driving test could be made harder to require new drivers to gain 500 hours of experience before they get a licence. This means few learners would get a full licence before the age of 18.
In our Too Young To Die campaign, we pledge to publish a series of articles throughout 2008 highlighting the need to respect the roads.
We will campaign for changes in the law and improved education for young people before and after they start to drive.
We believe changes in attitude must start at community level so we are asking you, our readers, to sign our online pledge and help make a difference.
Drivers – report any reckless driving you see on the roads. Lead by example – drive safely, take care on the roads, check your vehicle regularly.
Parents – talk to your child about the risks and responsibilities of being a driver and a passenger, make sure they realise how many young drivers and passengers die each year.
Teenagers – tell your friends if you don’t like the way they drive. Don’t ride in their car if you aren’t comfortable. Make it clear you don’t agree with the boy-racer culture. Make it clear that drivers – male or female – who take risks are not attractive.
If you have been affected by a tragedy on the roads, call Rebecca Edwards on 01244 606415 or e-mail rebecca.edwards@ cheshirenews.co.uk.