I went to a discussion about the new proposed P plate laws in SA this week and came to my own conclusion that the government have completely missed the point. If they had compulsory lessons and theory tests then people would be safer drivers. Taking out the theory test for L’s is ridiculous. You could be driving along and come across a sign you are not familiar with or not sure which lane to go in for a round about which I have seen so often and cause either an accident or a near miss again which I have witnessed many times on the roads here. By making the age higher is not solving the problem. At 16 you can fly an aircraft on your own. How many 16 year olds crash…… You probably don’t know any because they have have done a comprehensive course to learn which included safety with a rigours exam to ensure they will be a safe pilot. Anyone can teach a child to drive and we wonder why there are so many deaths on the road?? By making the age one year higher is not going to change anything as studies have shown the average age for the brain to fully develop is 29 so weather you are 17, 18 or 19 your brain is functioning the same so it is not the age which is the problem it is the lack of safty instruction.
Posted by curlytops, 20th June 2013