Mosman Daily – Thursday 22 July 2004
Not so fast on P-plate changes
Road safety specialist Anne Morphett said drivers aged between 17 and 25 were "over represented" in crashes but more research was needed.
"Looking at these statistics it is obvious all possible solutions should be investigated," Ms Morphett said.
"The NRMA wants to ensure any investigation into driver restrictions consider employment and education exemptions, particularly for youth in regional NSW."
A compulsory defensive driving course, a night curfew and a restriction on the number of passengers allowed for P-plate drivers are among suggested changes by road safety groups for inexperienced drivers.
The calls come after Cremorne teenager Jade Graham was killed in an accident involving a P-plate driver (MD, July 8).
Changing legislation was the way to reduce the number of crashes involving young drivers, said Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman and Mosman resident Harold Scruby.
Mr Scruby said new measures were needed because there had been no decline in the number of deaths on NSW roads over the past five years, particularly among P-plate drivers and their passengers.
"Existing restrictions for young drivers have not worked. The lethal cocktail of youth, inexperience and peer-group pressure and night-time driving will see more and more avoidable young deaths on our roads."
Mr Scruby said imposing night-time curfews on all P-plate and L-plate drivers was the answer.
The National Motorists Association of Australia said road accidents accounted for one in three deaths among Australians aged between 15 and 24.
"We are proposing a compulsory defensive driver training course for inexperienced drivers," a spokesman said.
The Roads and Traffic Authority said it was happy to take a look at the idea of curfews and any other proposals that might help reduce the number of crashes.
"NSW already has one of the most stringent licensing regimes in
Meanwhile, police said investigations were continuing into Ms Graham's death.
"No charges have been laid," a spokeswoman said.