Keeping country kids safe with free lessons for L-platers
L-platers are the driving population least likely to have an accident. However the day the L-plates are replaced with P-plates the risk of accidents skyrocket, with the group becoming the most likely to have a serious motor vehicle accident.
The Commonwealth Government is committed to changing this statistic and has announced an extension of the keys2drive program as part of the 2017-18 Budget. With more skills, L-platers can better make the transition from a learner to a safe road user.
The free program keys2drive is a critical Federal Government initiative aimed at giving more young people the skills they need to drive safely on our roads. This summer, with the holiday death toll reflecting higher car ownership and usage, Nationals MP’s are urging parents and teens to take advantage of the program during the school and university holidays.
Federal Nationals MP for Riverina, Michael McCormack, said that while the numbers have fallen – down to nine young driver deaths per 100,000 last year compared to 17 per 100,000 in 2006 – there was still more to be done.
“I urge and encourage young drivers to take part in this wonderful initiative from the Nationals and Liberals. We are committed to reducing the number of road deaths among driver – obviously, the aim is to have zero deaths, and programs such as keys2drive are critical to have an educated and safe driving population.”
With 66 per cent of road trauma occurring in the regions, keys2drive will be significantly extended in regional areas, with more instructors able to provide free lessons. Leaner drivers can register here, and can find a local instructor here.