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Blaming the P-Platers again

By johnboy - 9 February 2007 53

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 passenger’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.

Astonishingly this then gets conflated with the screaming over young legal drivers:

ACT Policing’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…

“Speeding 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.”

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?

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Blaming the P-Platers again
vg 2:12 pm 09 Feb 07

…and no reference to P-platers either. Plenty of young drivers not on Ps, plenty of old one’s who are.

I see nothing more there than reminding everyone, but particularly young, inexperienced drivers, that speeding can cause accidents. Of course every expert here will tell me that its not the major cause of accidents, but it is one of them.

Seems like nothing more than selectively picking apart a media release. Very trivial. And I’m not just saying it to defend the AFP.

Here’s the whole release:

“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 passenger’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.

Both occupants of the car were conveyed to Calvary Hospital by ACT Ambulance

and treated for minor injuries. A screening test on the driver for the presence of alcohol was negative.

ACT Policing’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.

“Police examination of the Haydon Drive collision scene today indicated the driver lost control of his vehicle at high speed,” Det Supt Chew said.

“Speeding 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.”

Not a mention of P-platers

johnboy 2:04 pm 09 Feb 07

But with no other judgments made, comments passed, or comparisons drawn.

S4anta 2:02 pm 09 Feb 07

that would explain why it was given priority in the press release (as in being the first item mentioned).

johnboy 1:52 pm 09 Feb 07

My point is he wasn’t licensed to be driving at all.

Thousands of people were speeding in Canberra over the last two days.

Two of them had an accident and both of them were young, but for mine the being unlicenced is a much bigger deal than the speeding and my understanding is the statute book agrees on that.

vg 1:51 pm 09 Feb 07

I’m with NTP here. In your excerpts I don’t see the phrase ‘P-plater’ anywhere.

The emphasis is on speeding for both the young and the old, but the example just happening to involve youth. I would have thought that was more than obvious. Maybe I just can’t read the ‘hidden’ messages that the AFP apparently sends out

S4anta 1:22 pm 09 Feb 07

young, inexperienced driver actually JB. Seeing that L platers are generally young I cant see a problem with the language he has chosen.

Sammy 12:52 pm 09 Feb 07

The AFP have put out a strange media release (a day late as usual)

The AFP media releases on the website are a bloody nightmare. Nothing appears for a week, and then suddenly a dozen appear, dated anywhere from yesterday to a week before.

Maelinar 12:10 pm 09 Feb 07

Competency based assessments ?

Who would have thought such a thing? I agree that the ability to drive should be a fundamental requirement for a driving licence.

johnboy 11:38 am 09 Feb 07

and being able to drive is actually supposed to be a requirement of a driving licence (but not of getting L-plates)

johnboy 11:36 am 09 Feb 07

because dear NTP, the other accident was a P-plater and “young driver” is his euphemism to link to things which should be viewed separately..

Everyone except bonfire knows speed is dangerous and he’s no youth.

swissbignose 11:35 am 09 Feb 07

There was a word missing in my last comment.

“… just because you have a license, it doesn’t mean you can drive.”

Nik_the_Pig 11:35 am 09 Feb 07

well that’s an issue to take up with the licencing system

swissbignose 11:33 am 09 Feb 07

Not to mention that just because you have a license, it doesn’t you can drive. It just means that you’re legally allowed to drive.

Nik_the_Pig 11:28 am 09 Feb 07

And I stuffed my tags as usual

Nik_the_Pig 11:28 am 09 Feb 07

I see no mention of P-Platers in the media release but it does state clearly the Detective Superintendent Michael Chew, expressed his concern that this was the second major collision involving a young, inexperienced driver where excessive speed was clearly a mitigating factor…
and that, as you quoted,
“Speeding 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.”

Seems to me obvious and that DS Chew is just informing people that your more likely to end up in a dangerous situation if you speed and that inexperienced drivers are more likely to come of worse when they do this. I don’t see how common sence is putting the boot into P-Platers nor how this is even overly news worthy?

Am I missing something or are you reading in personal bias that isn’t in the text?

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