New test to reduce fatalities
I AM encouraged by this week’s introduction of a tougher new driving test for learner drivers as a way to improve road safety across our region.
As road safety advocates, we welcome a more rigorous testing process that teaches the skills required to handle dangerous situations on our roads.
Government figures show that already in 2015 we have had 117 fatalities in Queensland.
Unfortunately the statistics show that the greatest number of deaths and injuries are often amongst drivers who have just received their licences.
The process of obtaining a licence is a very important stage of any person’s driving experience, and ensuring there are tighter testing procedures in place coupled with greater investment in road safety education is key in helping to lead to a reduction in road fatalities.
RENE FLORES, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Townsville