In the recent years, we have noticed several media reports of underage unlicensed drivers on the road. Teen drivers are creating panic on roads mainly due to due to negligence or over excitement. The latest incident is a 14-year-old boy running over a 6-year-old girl in the national capital.
The incident was reported from Southeast Delhi's Jaitpur area last week. The girl was killed and two other children, aged below 10 were injured in the incident. The teenager was reportedly trying to reverse the car when the incident occurred.
Cops traced the minor with the help of the registration number of the car and detained him. An officer said: "The driver is a student of Class IX and a resident of the same colony. He told us that he was reversing the car and accelerated by mistake because of which he lost control and rammed into the gate. He was produced before a Child Welfare Committee."
Studies say that teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. They are also more likely than older drivers to speed, run red lights, make illegal turns, ride with an intoxicated driver, and drive after using alcohol or drugs, it adds.
This issue should be addressed with high priority and the best possible way to curb this is to provide road safety education to minors. Parents should also make sure that children do not take it to the roads before earning a driving licence.