COMMENT: Alyssa Sly, of Coffs Harbour: “It is a good idea because I’d like to spend less time on my P-plates.
COMMENT: Alyssa Sly, of Coffs Harbour: “It is a good idea because I’d like to spend less time on my P-plates. Kira Love

Attack P-platers to ease crime: MP

SHADOW Minister for Roads Andrew Stoner has proposed a policy that would reward responsible youths and hit hard at louts by extending their probationary driving periods.

The idea would accelerate the current 36-month period for young drivers on their P-plates who do the right thing not only on the road but socially as well.

However, more time would be added to P-platers who display anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving.

“We understand that most young P-plater drivers are responsible,” Mr Stoner said.

“I estimate that 95 to 98 per cent of young people take care on the roads. But there is a small element who are complete idiots. They’re also the guys who get involved in violence and bullying.”

Mr Stoner said compulsory driver education courses in high schools are a must to teach young drivers to manage properly.

“Instead of the throwing the book at all young drivers, we want to reward those who do the right thing and throw the book at the idiots.”

P-plater Asha Davidson thinks the idea has merit and she looks forward to avoiding the labels that get thrown at most probationary drivers.

“I hate the fact that if there is any accident on the road and a P-plater is there, they are automatically to blame whether it’s their fault or not,” she said.

“A lot of the time it might be but not always.”



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