28 Jul 2015
It is one year since changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme were introduced and the majority of young drivers are following the new rules.
Two of the main changes for P1 drivers under 25 years of age included no driving between midnight and 5am and not allowing more than one passenger aged between 16 and 20.
There are around 29,000 P1 drivers under the age of 25 in South Australia.
Since last year’s changes were introduced, SA Police have issued 357 expiation notices for driving between midnight and 5am, and 96 expiation notices for carrying more than one passenger (as at 30 June, 2015).
The first year of driving unsupervised is the riskiest driving period in a person’s life.
Similar laws in other countries have significantly reduced fatal and serious injury crashes involving young P1 drivers.
The number of young road user fatalities has been decreasing in South Australia over the last five years and remains at much lower levels than a decade ago, although young people continue to be over-represented in road deaths and serious injuries compared to other age groups.
In South Australia, young people aged 16 to 24 make up 12 per cent of our population; however, they account for 18 per cent of road deaths and 23 per cent of serious injuries.
The one year anniversary is a good time to remind parents and younger drivers about the importance of road safety.
Now is a chance to sit down with people who are about to get their P1 licence and remind them about these changes.
Young people who have progressed to their P2 licence should be talking to their siblings or friends who are about to get the P1’s about their experience.
Other changes made to the GLS in 2014 included:
- The hazard perception test was moved to earlier in the licence process to be a requirement to progress from L to P1.
- Extension of the provisional licence period from two to three years (one year on P1 and two years on P2).
- Regression to a previous licence stage following disqualification was removed so that disqualified L and P drivers return to the licence stage they were at when they committed the offence.
Details on the rules, including other GLS changes and the exemption criteria, are available at the MyLicence website www.mylicence.sa.gov.au/gls.
Traffic lights will be upgraded at the intersection of South Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive.
Safety will soon be improved at the Angle Vale Road intersection with Curtis Road and McGee Road at Penfield Gardens.