Only days after four teenagers died in this wreckage, a P-plate driver was caught driving at 176km/h at Halfway Creek.
Only days after four teenagers died in this wreckage, a P-plate driver was caught driving at 176km/h at Halfway Creek.

P-plater caught driving at 170k



A 22-year-old P-plate driver has been caught driving at 170km/h on the Pacific Highway at Halfway Creek.

Police said the Killara man, who was driving under a P2 licence, was caught driving a Peugeot hatchback at 176km/h at 1am Tuesday.

The man's licence was suspended for six months and he was fined $1589.

The suspension comes as the North Coast community mourns the deaths of four teenagers who were passengers in a car driven by a 17-year-old P-plate driver that crashed near Byron Bay in the early hours of Sunday.

That accident prompted the NSW Nationals roads spokesman Andrew Stoner to call for the introduction of compulsory driver education for senior students in NSW schools.

Mr Stoner said shocking statistics showed P-plate driver fatalities in NSW had increased, and also called for the NSW Government to introduce a graphic advertising campaign targeted at young drivers and to provide incentives for young drivers to complete defensive driving courses.

"Australian Transport Safety Bureau statistics shows that 33 drivers aged between 17 and 20 years were killed on NSW roads to the end of September this year," Mr Stoner said.

"This is a 74 per cent increase on the 19 deaths which occurred over the corresponding period last year. Significantly, of the 33 P-plate driver deaths this year, 26 ? or almost 80 per cent ? were male.

"This means it's important we target the psychology of young men who often believe they are invincible and as a result engage in risk-taking behaviour."



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