Li­cence changes sav­ing lives

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE Vic­to­rian Govern­ment says an independent re­view has found that the state’s grad­u­ated driver li­cens­ing sys­tem is re­duc­ing crash risks for young driv­ers and sav­ing lives.

Roads and Rod Safety Min­is­ter Luke Don­nel­lan has re­leased a study that found driv­ers who had been through the new sys­tem were 20 per cent less likely to have a se­ri­ous crash in their first two years on the road.

The VicRoads-com­mis­sioned re­port shows driv­ers who have had to log a min­i­mum of 120 hours of su­per­vised learner driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and com­plete a twostage pro­ba­tion­ary li­cence process have lower crash rates and ex­hibit bet­ter driv­ing be­hav­iour than driv­ers li­censed un­der the old sys­tem.

P-platers in their first year of driv­ing are the most high-risk crash group.

The study found th­ese driv­ers were 19pc less likely to be in­volved in a fa­tal or se­ri­ous crash un­der the grad­u­ated sys­tem.

For P1 li­cence hold­ers, the ban on car­ry­ing more than one pas­sen­ger aged 16-22 has also been highly ef­fec­tive – with in­volve­ment in crashes while car­ry­ing two or more peer pas­sen­gers down 70pc.

Learner driv­ers are spend­ing more time on their L plates.

This gives them more op­por­tu­nity to get valu­able prac­tice, with 60pc of 18-20 year olds hold­ing a learner per­mit for at least 24 months com­pared with 37pc be­fore the grad­u­ated sys­tem was in­tro­duced.

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