Every week a child is prosecuted for dangerous driving according to research.
Latest figures found that at least one child a week was prosecuted for dangerous driving in 2015 with at least 66 minors convicted.
Despite not being legally old enough to drive, at least 12 children were convicted of DR10, ‘driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above the permitted limit,’ offences and four were prosecuted for a DR30 ‘driving or attempting to drive then failing to supply a specimen for analysis.
The analysis from Churchill Car Insurance also found that a child under the age of 17 was prosecuted and convicted having been found with drugs in their system last year.
The company added that the grim reality of children getting behind the wheel illegally was “reinforced by the conviction of a minor in 2015 for causing death by dangerous driving”. In the last three years, minors have also been convicted of CD80 ‘causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving’ and CD90 – ‘causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers’ offences'.
Increasing numbers of children under the age of 17 are being disqualified from driving before they are even legally old enough to get behind the wheel with disqualifications up five per cent in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period in 2013 for those under 17.
Churchill’s analysis also revealed that hundreds of children under the age of 17 are committing multiple driving offences. Almost 1,000 (923) underage ‘drivers’ have been prosecuted more than once for driving offences, with children as young as 12 convicted multiple times. One child aged 16 has already been prosecuted 15 times for driving offences.
Churchill Insurance’s head of car insurance Steve Barrett said: “While the volumes of offences concerning underage and under the influence drivers are low, the impact on the victims and their families involved in accidents with these drivers is immeasurable. Highlighting these frightening statistics will hopefully act as a catalyst for the government and educators to address this issue as a matter of urgency.”