Janine and her daughter, Ali Sawtell, are unhappy about the idea of increasing the age limit of provisional drivers
Janine and her daughter, Ali Sawtell, are unhappy about the idea of increasing the age limit of provisional drivers

P-platers? pain



IF you ask Ali Sawtell what she'll be doing on the first Friday in September you're sure to see the winning smile of a happy teenager.

Ali will be turning 17 on September 2, but don't be fooled into thinking she is planning a big party, or even a family barbecue.

On that day Ali will be tested for her provisional licence and for her, there is nothing more thrilling to be waiting for.

"I am so excited, having your licence is all about freedom," Ali said.

"I went for my L's on my birthday and got them first go so I am hoping I will do the same with my P's."

When Ali found out this week that the State Government was considering increasing the age limit for provisional drivers she was shocked.

Just two months ago Ali's parents, Janine and Steve, bought her a 1994 Pulsar and for the next seven months she will be practising her driving.

"I don't think there is any difference in age from 17 to 18, except that you can legally drink at 18," she said.

"You have to be tested to get your P-plates so why would they want to change the age limit?"

As a parent of three, Mrs Sawtell does not agree with the new proposals to restrict provisional licences to those aged 18 years and over.

"We bought a car for Ali because we got it at a great price and this now gives her the chance to practise before she gets her licence," Mrs Sawtell said.

"I think there is too much restriction put of these kids. Many work part-time and need a car and others are single parents who need to drive."

Mrs Sawtell said her son Sam, 18, was now on his P2 licence but during Year 12 was required to do HSC after-hours classes.

"With this new proposal they are stereotyping all young people, they are saying look at the statistics but not much else," she said.

Mrs Sawtell said teenagers were now on their P-plates for much longer then they used to be, resulting in this group representing a larger number of drivers than in previous years.

This was reflected in the greater number of P-plate drivers being involved in car accidents.



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