During the past 18 months, more than 1,000 youngsters aged 16 or under have been prosecuted
According to new statistics, it’s been revealed that three children aged eight and a nine year-old have been prosecuted for speeding and dangerous driving during the past 18 months.
From January 2017 to June 2018, more than 1,000 youngsters aged 16 or under were prosecuted for some kind of motoring offence despite being under the legal age to drive.
Data gathered by the DVLA found that 242 children were guilty of dangerous or reckless driving, with 178 guilty of careless driving.
A warning by campaigners suggests there’s an ‘epidemic’ of underage driving in the UK and the cuts to traffic police are being blamed.
“It’s frightening to think that anyone under the age of 17 has been caught driving on public roads, let alone children as young as eight. While these figures make for depressing reading, they might just be the tip of the iceberg,” said RAC spokesman Simon Williams.
In 2017, an alarming 1,024 youngsters aged 16 or under were disqualified from driving compared to 696 back in 2014.
In the UK, the minimum age to hold a full driving licence is 17 years-old but for those claiming mobility benefit it can be 16 years of age.
According to DVLA figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request, two of the eight year-olds were prosecuted for speeding and one for dangerous driving, whilst the nine-year-old’s offence is unknown.
“These shocking figures represent more than a thousand possibilities of serious accidents where people can be killed or seriously injured,” said an AA spokesman.
The Home Office have denied that Government cuts have led to an increase in underage driving.
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