John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Young drivers urged to take longer drive with RoadTrip 120

    11/04/2008 12:00 AM
     

    Novice drivers will be encouraged to achieve 120 hours of supervised driving in a bid to make them safer on the State’s roads and save young drivers’ lives.

     

    The new RoadTrip 120 initiative encourages learner drivers to gain greater practical driving experience in a bid to stop them from being killed or seriously injured on Western Australian roads.

     

    Launching the initiative, Community Safety Minister John Kobelke said research had shown that in their first year of holding a licence, 17 to 18-year-olds were five times more likely to have a crash than more experienced drivers.

     

    “It is a very real fact that youth and driver inexperience can be a deadly combination,” Mr Kobelke said.

     

    “Contrary to popular belief, not all crashes involving young drivers are the result of risk-taking behaviour.  Many are the result of a simple mistake or error in judgement made due to the inexperience of the young driver.

     

    “Tragically, around 50 young people are killed each year, many as a result of these simple errors or bad judgement calls - and many more are seriously injured, forever changing their way of life.”

     

    RoadTrip 120 is based around an interactive youth microsite, part of the Office of Road Safety website http:/www.officeofroadsafety.wa.gov.au, and gives practical and motivating tips, advice and resources that assist young drivers and their driving supervisors to successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving in a range of driving conditions.

     

    “There is no argument that 120 hours is a significant investment in time but it is definitely worthwhile, especially given that it could mean the difference between life and death or serious injury,” the Minister said.

     

    “Last year, 43 people aged between 17 and 24 were killed on WA roads and while this was down from 67 in 2006, there is always more that can be done.”

     

    Currently, under the Graduated Driver Training and Licensing System, learner drivers are required to maintain a log book and accumulate a minimum of 25 hours of supervised driving experience across a range of conditions prior to obtaining their probationary licence.

     

    RoadTrip 120 has been funded by the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, a member of the Road Safety Council.

     

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