The Government’s top doctor said England should follow Europe and America and ban teenage drivers from drinking any alcohol at all in order to prevent accidents.
Now it sounds as if such a ban should indeed help. Pass a law, everybody obeys it and Bob’s your parental sibling of choice.
However, that little addition of "America" (rather than what was actually meant, Canada) provides us with a check. In the US, no one is allowed to drink under the age of 21. So, do they have a zero rate of teenage accidents involving alcohol?
Umm, no, they don’t….so do they have a lower rate of such accidents?
I’ve no idea and I’m not going to pursue the numbers, but that is the way we should measure the value of these proposals. Does a ban on teenage drinking and driving actually stop all teenage drinking and driving….does it in fact reduce the rate at all? I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that it doesn’t.