Teenagers shouldn't be allowed to drive if they've drunk any alcohol at all, Britain's top doctor has recommended.
Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, wants the drink-drive limit for 17-20 year olds to be reduced to zero in an effort to reduce road deaths involving young people.
"I am aware it is a controversial recommendation but I believe it will save lives," said Sir Liam.
Teenage drivers are twice as likely to crash as more experienced motorists if they have been drinking within the legal limits, new statistics have revealed.
Records show there were 1080 drink-drive crashes involving 17 to 19 year olds in Britain in 2005. Transport accidents are the leading cause of death among 16 to 19 year olds.
Sir Liam's proposals are yet to be considered by the home office, but they are part of his official report to the Government on young people's health. He says he is 'hopeful' that his recommendations will be accepted.