Twelve year olds could soon be sitting behind the wheel of a car as part of a radical bid to tackle the rising road toll.
NSW Nationals MP Andrew Fraser is urging the government to introduce programs run by the Confederation of Australia Motor Sports (CAMS), which start kids learning to drive at enclosed driving ranges during year 7, from age 12 and up, shares Daily Telegraph.
The move comes after the death toll on NSW roads was reportedly at its highest since 2014 and the government nowhere near its target of reducing fatalities by 30 per cent by 2021.
Mr Fraser said. “I can guarantee there will be critics, there will be in my own party. My response to them is it’s teaching them skills that when they are on the road will save their lives. It’s about giving them a full education, not just enough to pass the test.”
CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos said he would be “very keen” to introduce their youth driver program to schools.
He said they could potentially use school car parks. Children use their parents’ cars on the course and learn skills including braking, acceleration and skid control.
“Some people do think 12 is too young, but it’s a controlled and supervised environment,” he said.
Social media response goes wild
A discussion on Studio 10 found most people voted NO to the suggestion.
“No. They haven’t got the mental maturity.”
“I do not think that 12 year old children should start learning how to drive.”
“No way don’t be ridiculous.”
“Sorry raise the age, not lower it. Until a person is old enough to stand trial for killing someone in a car , they should not be on the road.”
I actually think it could be a great thing. It is not like they will be out driving on the roads. They will be in a controlled environment learning skills that will be very useful when they are old enough to get their licence. Practice is definitely not a bad thing.
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