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Motorists Support P-Plate Restrictions

22.10.2007

Australian motorists believe P-Plate drivers should have greater restrictions placed on them in a bid to lower the high crash rates among young drivers.

Research released today by the Australian Automobile Association – Australia’s peak motoring body – shows that motorists strongly favour passenger restrictions, but are less enthusiastic about night-time curfews for P-Platers.

On the contentious issue of younger driver training, the survey showed clear support for passenger restrictions on P-Plate drivers, with 75% of respondents supporting them. The support was greater in regional Australia compared to urban Australia.

In the age group 18-24, the support was lower than for other age groups, but the majority (55%) still supported them.

On another proposal – night-time curfews – motorists were more divided. Some 53% of drivers thought the curfews were beneficial, while 42% disagreed. Opinions were identical between urban and regional Australia but only 40% of 18-24 year olds supported the restriction.

When asked about ways to prevent deaths and injuries on our roads, AAA’s research show that a large majority of drivers believe a stronger focus on driver education rather than road law enforcement is the best way to prepare young drivers.

The ANOP research showed 84% rate driver education “extremely” or “very” important, compared with 57% preferring stronger law enforcement

AAA Director, Research & Policy, John Metcalfe, noted that young Australians are over-represented in road crash statistics relative to their driving exposure.

“Young drivers 17-20 years old are three times more likely than drivers aged 21 years and over to be involved in a crash,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“For this reason, the latest ANOP results need to be considered carefully in the suite of actions that may be needed to address young driver safety.”

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