Dr Sarah Jones, an advocate for the introduction of graduated driver licensing (GDL), is the first confirmed speaker for the 2013 National Road Safety Conference.
The conference will take place at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, 13-14 November and more than 100 people have already registered to attend. Road Safety GB Yorkshire and Humberside Region is hosting the conference, and AA DriveTech has extended its sponsorship of the event into a second year.
Dr Sarah Jones is a consultant in Environmental Health Protection and the injuries lead for Public Health Wales. Before joining Public Health training in 2005, Sarah spent eight years as an injury epidemiologist at Cardiff University. She looked after the All Wales Injuries Surveillance System (AWISS), as well as having specific interests in road traffic injuries, sports injuries and the links between injuries and deprivation.
In 2004, she completed a PhD on child pedestrian injuries and deprivation. For the past five years, Sarah has been advocating for the introduction of GDL.
Sarah’s presentation will outline the risks to young drivers, the evidence for GDL, and other approaches to tackling young driver crashes. It will also present up to date data on trends and numbers of crashes in the UK involving young drivers and the circumstances in which these occur. Finally, it will estimate what the potential effect of GDL in the UK could be.
The conference committee is in the process of developing the agenda and hopes to be in a position to publish an outline agenda towards the end of April or early May 2013.