Trial to battle P-plate carnage

P-plate driver Annette Brady prepares for the new program with Robyn Schmarr from NRMA.
P-plate driver Annette Brady prepares for the new program with Robyn Schmarr from NRMA. Blainey Woodham

A HIGH number of deaths and accidents in the Tweed area has prompted the NSW Government to include the area in a new road safety trial.

According to statistics released by the NSW Road Traffic Authority the Tweed Heads and Lismore have suffered seven deaths, 305 injuries and 536 tow-away incidents among provisional drivers from 2008 to 2010.

In comparison the Tamworth and Armidale area suffered only two fatalities, 152 injuries and 209 tow- always in the same time period.

Also included in the new trial was the Dubbo and Forbes region, which was also lower than Tweed with four deaths, 107 injuries and 126 tow away incidents.

The western Sydney region is the fourth area taking part in the trial and lead the statistics with 28 deaths, 3452 injuries and 5492 tow-aways.

NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay announced the start of a road safety trial, which aims to improve the behaviour of young drivers through an innovative education program.

"Young provisional drivers will be recruited to take part in the program, which will provide them with eight hours of behaviour change-oriented driver education rather than simply teaching vehicle control skills.

"The impact of the educational program on road safety will then be measured.

"The program focuses on building awareness of risks on the road, the importance of effective decision making and developing safe driving behaviour."

All new provisional drivers living in the Tweed region will be contacted and invited to participate in the study through the MyLiveTribe brand, which has been specially created to engage young people.

NRMA Insurance Community and Sustainability Manager Megan Lupton welcomed the launch of the P Drivers Project as a significant positive step towards helping to reduce the number of crashes involving young drivers.

"As a leading car insurer in NSW, we are pleased to partner with such a large scale program which aims to influence driver behaviour and reduce risk on our roads," Ms Lupton said.

Topics:  accident car p-plate road safety trial

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