Well, She Didn’t Have Anyone With Her, At Least…

An 18-year-old girl has been killed after her car crashed into a telegraph pole weeks after she passed her driving test.

Hannah Lodge was driving towards Langtoft on the B1249 when her grey Suzuki smashed into a telegraph pole.

I have no doubt the people who last week were clamouring for restrictions on newly-qualified drivers carrying passengers, as Longrider blogged, will have a contingency plan for singletons up their sleeve.

These people always do…

Ms Brealey said: “I think she had only been driving for three or four weeks.

“She wasn’t reckless or anything like that. It’s so unfair.

“It’s this time of year. It’s dark and the roads are very mucky.”

Well, yes. That’s why it’s down to the driver to take more care. That comes with experience. No amount of training will help.

And no amount of advice or guidance is likely to help either, as the default belief of most teenagers is ‘That’ll happen to someone else. Not me…’

Perhaps a blanket ban on newly-qualified drivers taking to the roads at all between the months of Sept-Mar will be the next front?

Humberside police casualty reduction officer Simon Carlisle works with schools to encourage young drivers to stay safe.

He said it was sad to hear of another teenager killed on the East Riding’s roads.

PC Carlisle said: “What’s very unfortunate is that it’s yet another young driver on a rural road in our county.

“We’re concentrating on young drivers and increasing our presentations to colleges and sixth-form students in the East Riding.

“I will be looking into the crash and seeing if any safety lessons can be learnt.”

Well, OK, I suppose it keeps you in a job…

9 comments for “Well, She Didn’t Have Anyone With Her, At Least…

  1. Tatty
    December 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

    police casualty reduction officer

    Remember the days when they were ALL called simply “Police” ?

    I wonder, do they have a “Police Toilet Roll Replacement Officer” too.

    • December 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Probably two!

      • Tatty
        December 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

        Aye well…as with toilet roll…a spare is always handy 😆

  2. Twenty_Rothmans
    December 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    “I will be looking into the crash and seeing if any safety lessons can be learnt.”

    Don’t crash into telegraph poles?

    My father told me that his generation had better drivers because the majority of teenaged drivers were men and all they could afford were motorcycles. Quite a few died, of course, those who remained were acutely aware of their mortality and keen not to experience it.

    Fathers being fathers, I guess, he was mortified when I began riding them.

    Reflect upon the horror films made in the States ‘Highway of Doom’ or something like that, fifty years ago, gratituitous in their gore. I wasn’t brought up in Britain but we had something similar where I did. It’s impossible to say if they had any impact, but they never completely stopped this sort of thing from happening.

  3. December 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Bring back “Signal 30” and “Mechanized Death” for Driver’s Ed.

    Heck, bring back Driver’s Ed.

  4. Dave_G
    December 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Ponder this – when have you seen a crash scene that DIDN’T have demolished ‘street furniture’ as part of it? How many lives would be saved by removal of such?

  5. Ed P
    December 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    A session on a skid-pan would help newly-qualified drivers.

    As most experienced drivers know, the natural reaction to a skid is usually the wrong one, i.e., trying to maintain the driving direction instead of steering into the skid first to regain traction.
    I recommend this (& think it might be a worthwhile, if not mandatory, addition to driver training) – the practical knowledge gained has prevented me having some crunches over the years.

    • December 6, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Sadly, I think a lot might simply regard it as something to try in the next snowfall!

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