"THE combination of inexperience and risk-taking can be devastating."
These were the words of a mum who was robbed of her teenage son in a needless car smash.
And they were repeated as she helped launch a campaign today to make sure other youngsters stay alive.
The campaign, by Huddersfield road safety charity Brake, was launched by parents who had lost children on the roads.
Anne Bowden, from Leeds, Ann Cunliffe and Debbie Mavin from Barnsley and Tony Davison from Leeds urged young people to not take risks in the car.
Anne Bowden's 17-year-old son Anthony was killed in December 2004 as a passenger in his friend Chris's car.
The pair had been drinking when they took Chris's mum's car and unlicensed and uninsured Chris lost control and smashed into a lamp-post at more than 50mph.
Chris received head injuries - Anthony was killed.
Government statistics uncovered by Brake reveal 19 young drivers and passengers are killed or seriously injured every week in Yorkshire.
In 2005, 96 young people aged between 15 and 25 were killed on the roads with just under 900 suffering serious injuries.
A survey by Brake of more than 400 young people discovered shocking facts about young people's attitudes to motoring.
More than a quarter said they had driven without a licence, a quarter had been in a car when they knew the driver was on drink or drugs and nearly half don't belt up in the back.
Anne Bowden added: "My son Anthony was killed while travelling as a passenger in a friend's car. Many young drivers see driving as thrilling and exciting, an expression of their freedom.
"Some come under intense peer pressure to take risks behind the wheel.
"But as I know the combination of inexperience and risk-taking can be devastating."
Anne said she was helping the campaign to urge every driver to think about their responsibilities.
She added: "That means never speeding, never driving on drink or drugs and always belting up.
"By doing this, we will be working as a community to stop needless tragedies like the death of Anthony."
Brake is calling on the government to introduce a system of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), as is in place in New Zealand.
This would mean a minimum period of learning to drive, followed by a provisional licence period where newly qualified drivers have restrictions placed upon them, such as night-time curfews and limits on passenger numbers.