Global problem

Your country is not alone in having a high road toll for young drivers.

It is a global problem – a recent OECD report showed that road crashes are the single greatest killer of 15- to 24-year-olds around the world. Their report made a number of recommendations, such as increasing pre-licence supervised driving hours to 120 hours.

Wearing seatbelts, enforcing drink driving laws and speed cameras are also effective means of halving road tolls particularly among young drivers.

The OECD found that in countries like mine, Australia, which had adopted these measures – particularly the 120 hours of supervised driving for learners – road crashes had dropped by 40 per cent in a two- year period.

Good luck with your endeavours and Happy New Year.

Yvonne Marsh

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