Read my latest for the herald on how we can get young people back in the driving seat
Christmas can be a busy and dangerous time on the roads, with the party season sadly raising the spectre of drunken revellers getting behind the wheel.
And most tragically, it is 17 to 25-year-olds who are most likely to be in a fatal collision during the festive break. Across the UK, one-quarter of all major road accidents are caused by young motorists, who account for just 12% of the driving population, according to the road safety charity Brake. In Scotland alone, a young person is killed every week in a car crash and 17 suffer life-changing injuries.
A Brake and QBE Insurance survey of nearly 1000 young Scots show half have feared for their lives after getting in the car driven by one of their peers, while 22% had been given a lift by a friend who was under the influence of drink or drugs.