Apr 11 2008 by Andrew Baldwin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
ASK most people who they think are the biggest danger on the roads and they will probably say boy racers.
But step forward their parents – for it’s the older drivers who break the motoring laws more often.
Which just goes to show the dangers of falling into cliches and stereotypes – it turns out that morons behind the wheel come in all ages.
While plenty of resources are thrown into targeting drivers in the 16-24 age group, there is a lesson here that we should not neglect a focus on the more mature person – the Jeremy Clarkson generation.
Figures in the Examiner today show that the typical profile of a speeding driver is men aged between 35 and 55, who should know better – people with family responsibilities, some of them even grandfathers.
Perhaps used to the freedom of the road during an age when speeding and even drink-driving was more socially acceptable, they have become set in their ways.
From today’s evidence, it is clear that new campaigns are needed to drum home the anti-drink driving and speeding messages to this older age group.
Compulsory refresher sessions may also be needed if we are to have safer roads in future.