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6:02am 22nd November 2011

Hundreds of risk-taking young drivers are being hurt on Cornwall's roads.

Safety charity Brake is warning over the dangers of speeding and drink driving.

It says six hundred and fifty were hurt in the Duchy last year while six were killed.

Natasha from Redruth has been left with back problems after an accident. She said, "There are days when I can't go into work. All the normal things that I do, any kind of exercise, I can't do now. My neck isn't so bad any more but now I suffer terribly with my back. I feel like I'm eighty when I'm only twenty-five."

Half of people in the south-west have feared for their lives in youngsters' cars. Now Brake is calling for a graduated licence, including learning for longer and a curfew.

Spokesman Martin Howard said, "The fact is every single one of these crashes causes devastation and emotional trauma to families and communities across the UK. They are far too high at the moment and the government needs to implement this system to bring these figures down."

Brake says there are three pledges young drivers can make which would cut accidents. They are to drive slowly,  within the speed limits and slow down around urban areas and schools. Drive soberly, without a drop of alcohol in your system. Drive securely, with a seatbelt on at all times.

6:02am 22nd November 2011

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