The argument to impose a nighttime curfew on young drivers
A proposal to impose a nighttime curfew for P1 drivers in Victoria is being considered.
This week, a parliamentary inquiry recommended lowering the provisional licence age to 17.
A whole-of-government response rejected the recommendation but another idea has been floated to ban young drivers from driving between 10pm-5am.
The advice from VicRoads is young drivers should try to stay off the roads at night and the experts say it would undoubtedly save lives.
“The evidence tells us that – if you have graduated licencing systems that include nighttime restrictions we have a significant reduction in deaths and serious injuries,” Jennie Oxley from the Monash University Accident Research Centre said.
She said the restrictions would be aimed at reducing recreational driving, when young people might have had a few drinks or be distracted by friends in the car.
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