286 viewers have complained to the BBC about its ‘Barely Legal Drivers’ series and 45 people have contacted Ofcom, according to a report in Metro.
In Barely Legal Drivers (BBC3) young drivers take to the road in the family car, unaware that their parents are watching through state-of-the-art cameras placed in the cars. The series shows real footage of aggressive, dangerous and illegal behaviour by young drivers.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary, the local police force where one of the participants lives, is reported to be looking into the behaviour shown.
Superintendent Paul Richards said: "We are investigating the driving offences being committed on the programme and are considering prosecution. At the very least, we condemn such irresponsible behaviour and would reassure everyone that we treat it extremely seriously."
In response, a BBC spokesman said: "Barely Legal Drivers highlights the issue that young drivers in the UK are some of the most dangerous in Europe. It’s about making young people better drivers."
Commenting on the programme, The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), which has developed its own young driver campaign, warned against the danger of glamourising or condoning bad driving.
Milly Wastie, NFYFC chairman, said: "While we think that programmes that promote safer driver are a good idea in principle, they need to ensure they do not glamourise or condone bad driving.
"We are working with our 25,000 members to promote safer driving, particularly on rural roads, as we know that young drivers who live in rural areas are 37% more likely to be involved in a road traffic incident than those from urban areas. Our Drive it Home campaign, supported by NFU Mutual, is working to save lives on rural roads."
In total, there will be six one-hour episodes of Barely Legal Drivers. The first and second episodes are available on BBC iPlayer. The third episode will be broadcast on BBC3 on Tuesday 16 April at 9.00pm.