The AFP have put out a strange media release (a day late as usual) about an L-Plater getting into trouble with no licensed driver in the car.
A 19-year-old male learner driver from Kaleen will be issued with a series of traffic infringements after his Toyota sedan skidded over a median strip, across two traffic lanes, then struck a street sign, a light pole and a tree in Bruce early today (Thursday February 8).
The man had been travelling on Haydon Drive with a 20-year-old unlicensed female in the front passengerâ€™s seat of the vehicle when he lost control around 3am today. The vehicle was extensively damaged, the light pole was torn from the ground, and debris from the collision was scattered over a radius of 35 metres.
So an effectively unlicensed driver was being a public menace, no surprises there.
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Astonishingly this then gets conflated with the screaming over young legal drivers:
ACT Policingâ€™s head of Traffic Operations, Detective Superintendent Michael Chew, expressed his concern that this was the second major collision involving a young, inexperienced driver in less than 24 hours and in both serious crashes, excessive speed was clearly a mitigating factor…
â€œSpeeding is a matter of serious concern for police and for the community. We need to remind not just young drivers, but all road users of the potentially tragic consequences of excessive speed.â€
What’s youth got to do with it when he wasn’t even legal to be driving in the first place? Isn’t driving without an appropriate licence a much more serious offence than speeding?