Statistics from the Department of Transport reveal the dangerous situation learner drivers are putting themselves in.
Statistics from the Department of Transport reveal the dangerous situation learner drivers are putting themselves in. Kevin Farmer

Learner drivers risking lives by flouting the rules

LEARNER drivers are flouting rules and getting behind the wheel without proper supervision new data reveals.

Data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads shows close to 10,000 learner drivers were charged with unaccompanied driving offences between February 2017 and January 2019.

In the central region, 1160 novice drivers were caught driving not under the direction of a person, under direction person not holding an open licence or under direction of a person not seated beside the driver. 

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said slammed these statistics.

"These are shocking statistics and there's no excuse for this type of behaviour. While we understand many new drivers are keen to get behind the wheel, driving isn't a right, it's a privilege and a huge responsibility,” Ms Hunter said.

"Most learners are under the age of 25 and we know people in that age group are already over-represented when it comes to road deaths and serious injuries, so it's vital our least experienced motorists are getting the right supervision before hitting the road on their own.

"It's really scary thousands of Queenslanders with no experience have been driving unaccompanied on our roads, risking not only their own lives but the lives of others.”

Queensland

Total: 9,706

Learner driver vehicle not under direction of person: 8,749

Learner drive vehicle under direction person not hold o type > 1 YR: 858

Learner drive vehicle under direction person not seated beside driver: 99

Central:

Total: 1160

Learner driver vehicle not under direction of person: 1017

Learner drive vehicle under direction person not hold o type > 1 YR: 133

Learner drive vehicle under direction person not seated beside driver: 10



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