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Curfews for P-platers being considered

By Barcham 22 May 2013 24

The ACT’s highest risk drivers maybe getting home earlier in the future reports ABC News.

Road crash statistics show in 2012, learner and P-plate drivers were involved in 22 per cent of all casualty crashes – even though they make up just 7 per cent of all ACT licence holders.

Inexperience is considered a significant factor in the rate of crashes involving young drivers.

The Government is considering introducing a night curfew for young drivers, passenger restrictions and a ban on high performance cars.

Changes to minimum supervised driving hours, mobile phone bans and hazard perception testing are also on the cards.

The Government says similar changes introduced in New South Wales in 2007 have reduced the number of crashes involving novice drivers.

The Government will hold a series of community meeting at high schools next month and invite public submissions early next year.

The review is due to be finished in the first half of 2014.

Might be time for me to hurry up and get my P’s.

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Martlark 10:15 am 23 May 13

Its not inexperience, it’s young bravado that gets kids into accidents. Raising the age you can get your licence would work just as well.

peebus 8:54 am 23 May 13

ScienceRules said :

I’d be interested to see what percentage of accidents are caused by doddery old farts with impaired hearing, poor eyesight, glacial reflexes and high on a cocktail of assorted meds.

And also how many are indirectly caused by these. For example, when the slam their breaks on in the middle of a roundabout causing a flow in effect.

KB1971 6:53 am 23 May 13

peebus said :

Yet another band-aid solution. Why don’t they actually address the problem at hand instead of ill conceived fixes. Smells like Corbell or Rattenbury behind this one. The only solution is proper teaching and an increased police presence on the roads.

Inexperience is considered a significant factor in the rate of crashes involving young drivers.
If this is the case, which is entirely viable, why don’t we start teaching proper road skills for learners. I notice Queensland has brought it in that learners now learn actual skills like crossing multi-lane roads, and merging at high speeds. If they can do it why can’t we!?

We no longer need to be taught things like reversing 30m or reverse parallel parking. We should be teaching out teenagers things like emergency breaking, emergency skid control etc. – basically everything that is taught in a defensive driving program.

If we want our L and P plate holders to be safe on the roads why not get them the best chance possible from the outset.

This…..although with less breaking & maybe some more braking…………..

wildturkeycanoe 5:53 am 23 May 13

ScienceRules said :

I’d be interested to see what percentage of accidents are caused by doddery old farts with impaired hearing, poor eyesight, glacial reflexes and high on a cocktail of assorted meds.

Hear hear!! At least most P-platers have 20/20 eyesight and drive at or exceeding the speed limit, freeing up lanes for the rest of us. Some pensioners can’t keep their car between the lane markers, have reflexes so slow they stop 50m from the traffic lights in anticipation of them turning orange – or is that red – oh dear, where was I going again? Oh, here is my street, I’ll just turn right, then check my mirror, turn on my wipers and scrunch my wrinkly face up at that young whippersnapper who just cleaned up my rear bumper.

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