Learners plates.
Learners plates. Contributed

Push to save learner driver program

THE keys2drive program has helped numerous Clarence Valley L-platers become safer drivers but is at risk unless the Australian Government renews funding in the May budget.

That is according to the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), which has sought $5 million per year in a budget submission and written to every member of parliament seeking their support.

AAA CEO Michael Bradley said the program, which delivers free training to young people and their supervising driver, is invaluable.

"Preliminary findings by the University of New South Wales based on data from that state show keys2drive participants were 40% less likely to be involved in a crash that causes moderate to serious injury," Mr Bradley said. "It also shows they are 28% less likely to be involved in a road crash of any type in their first six months on P plates.

"On top of the obvious social impact, road trauma produces significant economic costs. Our analysis suggests that more than $47 million in medical, vehicle and productivity costs have been saved across Australia for a nation-wide investment of just $25 million."



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