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Restrict young drivers

By DJ 14 June 2008 89

In another tragic incident another young person has been killed on Canberra roads.

For the hard nuts out there put your wit into neutral and consider if it was your friend or a relative before you start typing. In my opinion learner and p-platers should be restricted the same way motorbike riders are. From the wreck it looks to me like a high speed impact that wouldn’t have been possible in a 4cyl non-turbo, standard car under 1600cc…..

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serpico 2:28 pm 18 Jun 08

The only way to reduce the carnage on the roads is to increase the penalties for speeding and dangerous driving substantially.The only person a young hoon takes notice of is his mates therefore if you hit him hard in the hip pocket and take his licence away for a long period,he gets the message and so do his mates.

Skidbladnir 4:06 pm 17 Jun 08

As mentioned in the AFP media release, its a

Lexus SC400 Coupe

Its a 2+2.
It comfortably seats two adults with two cramped people in the backseat, or provides sufficient room for consenting adults to hookup on Mt Ainslie.

Holden Caulfield 3:43 pm 17 Jun 08

Whatsup said :

Jazz said :

I kinda like the suggestion to make it part of hte school curriculum. why hasnt that ever been considered in australia?

It was in Australia, at a small high school in Victoria…

I remember the school I went to in the late 80s had a similar program. It must have lacked funding or something, because by the time I got to the relevant year the course was offered, well, it was no longer on offer.

Like a lot of things, experience cannot be underestimated. And like a most people we all think we are better drivers than we probably are, that said, the ability for me to do some moderate paddock bashing at my grandparents farm, and to mess around on some dirt roads out the back of Canberra/Yass when mum wasn’t looking has given me a much greater appreciation of car control, and what happens when it all goes tits up, than anything that would ever be sanctioned by any formal body.

If you’ve not had the opportunity to do likewise, I suggest getting out to 5th Gear at the Sutton complex and participating in one of their courses. They offer skid pan and advanced/defensive training. I’ve only done the skid pan, and apart from your car getting bloody filthy, the lessons learned from being able to lose control of your car at low speeds in situations where the only thing likely to be damaged is your own pride is invaluable. It’s also a lot of fun! But the best bit is that courses are not run by cowboys, so there is definite training and education processes applied.

hk0reduck 3:30 pm 17 Jun 08

Silly me, I thought it was a convertible.

The driver has been charged for culpable driving occasioning death.
http://afp.gov.au/media_releases/act/2008/24-year-old_charged_after_fatal_collision

Whatsup 12:34 pm 17 Jun 08

Jazz said :

I kinda like the suggestion to make it part of hte school curriculum. why hasnt that ever been considered in australia?

It was in Australia, at a small high school in Victoria. Not sure why it hasn’t continued and / or the idea has grown.

Skidbladnir 12:21 pm 17 Jun 08

hk0reduck said :

Just I still can’t get over how insane these photos of the damage are, it looks like they hit with enough force for the head-rest on the front passenger side seat to get thrown off.
http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/multimedia/images/full/176838.jpg

Given that the roof is missing, and the A, B and C pillars have been cut away, I think the paramedics may have cut him out and possibly needed to access his neck\spine.

Jazz 11:46 am 17 Jun 08

I kinda like the suggestion to make it part of hte school curriculum. why hasnt that ever been considered in australia?

vandam 9:42 am 17 Jun 08

Whilst there are so many ideas for what we can do to eliminate this problem, the only real solution is for these kids to keep having fatal accidents. Harsh as it may seem, It’s the only way that speeding and drink driving gets through their thick heads.

We might as well start inflicting the death penalty for traffic offences.

Starting with cyclists of course! 🙂

hk0reduck 7:22 pm 16 Jun 08

Just a quick update on the passengers from todays CT.

One of the males who was in a critical condition is now considered to be in a serious condition.

I still can’t get over how insane these photos of the damage are, it looks like they hit with enough force for the head-rest on the front passenger side seat to get thrown off.
http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/multimedia/images/full/176838.jpg
http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/multimedia/images/full/176575.jpg

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