Lead foot P-platers put lives at risk

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FRIGHT­EN­ING data has re­vealed hun­dreds of thou­sands of Queens­land’s most in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers are flouting the law.

RACQ spokesper­son Clare Hunter said data col­lected be­tween Jan­uary 2013 and April 2018 high­lighted the dis­turb­ing trend.

The fig­ures ex­posed more than 212,000 learner driv­ers and P-platers who had been caught driv­ing be­tween 13km/h and 20km/h over the limit in the past five years.

Ms Hunter said it was proof more needed to be done to in­crease ed­u­ca­tion and po­lice en­force­ment.

“These are scary stats and show just how fool­ish many young Queens­land driv­ers are,” Ms Hunter said.

“We know this is a very vul­ner­a­ble group of road users given their in­ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind the wheel and it’s such a con­cern be­cause trav­el­ling at these speeds could cause se­ri­ous in­juries, or even death, in the event of a crash.

“Speed­ing is one of the five big­gest killers on Queens­land roads and it’s shock­ing so many of our most in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers are tak­ing these risks.”

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