South Australia Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

New rules to protect p-platers from July 28

While South Australia's road toll has decreased over the past decade, young drivers are still over-represented in road crashes, much more so than older age groups

Young drivers are at greatest risk of being involved in a crash in their first year of driving unsupervised when they are on their P-Plates. Lack of experience, night-time driving and the presence of peer-aged passengers all contribute to an increased crash risk for young drivers.

The fact is young drivers need significant on-road driving experience before their crash risk decreases. The new rules, like restricting late-night driving and peer-aged passengers until young drivers gain more driving experience will save lives.

Young driver crash risk

Austroads (2008), The Crash and Offence Experience of Newly Licensed Young Drivers, Sydney, AP-R331/08

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