New test to re­duce fa­tal­i­ties

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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

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