P-plate drivers need saving

By KIREN THANDI

ANOTHER weekend, another appalling accident, another young person dead. But are tighter controls on P-platers the way to stop such tragedies? Yes, says the State Government, which is considering a night-time curfew on young drivers. But Coffs Coast people aren't so sure, despite Saturday's accident at Port Macquarie, where a 20-year-old P-plater was killed when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. Witnesses reported the man was seen speeding in a 60km/h zone just before he crashed. While statistics show the road toll for 17 to 25 year olds has dropped over the past five years, young people are still over-represented in serious motor accidents. The Minister for Roads, Carl Scully, defends the planned curfew, saying too many novice drivers are still dying. "People aged between 16 and 20 represent only seven per cent of all drivers but are involved in 18 per cent of fatalities. "The same seven per cent constitute drivers involved in 25 per cent of fatal car crashes between 10pm and 2am." The Carr Government has foreshadowed a curfew from 10pm to 6am for P-platers, as well as curbing the number of passengers they can carry and the power of the vehicles they can drive.



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