Hiya, It's with some trepidation that I get involved with this debate as although it does seem harsh, it is a sad fact of life that young newly qualified drivers who drive too fast are more likely to crash. Although it does seem heavy handed I endorse any measures that attempt to protect them....the slower you go the less likely you are to have serious consequenses if you do have a mishap. I agree that new drivers should have the threat of serious consequences if they break the rules, when you're young you are invincible and it's always the case of it won't happen to me.
Having said all that I do hope your son gets his licence back on appeal, it's probably been enough of a scare to him to make sure he doesn't speed again at least for a while.
I'll apologise now if I've offended anyones sensibilities :obut this is one subject I really do feel strongly about.
Originally Posted by stufi1997
Thanks again everyone.
Hey Fiona that was a good post and no need to apologise to anyone. Its funny really when Im out driving I tend to sterotype all the P platers, and most of us know what I mean. You look in the mirror and this car is weaving in and out of the traffic and when he passes you, you think to yourself "I knew it would be a P plater"
Foina your quite right that the stastitcs will tell us all that young drivers would be the worst traffic rule offenders, and stiffer penalties are warranted. But why oh why is a young kid allowed to get behind a V8 wheel in the first place. It dont make sense to me.........
I totally agree with you Jim.....if the car engine size was restricted or a restrictor put on the car (I realise that the bigger the car the safer they tend to be) that would make so much more sense......and if they all had to do it, well so much the better, then it's less likely you would inadvertantly creep over the speed limit. Some not so young drivers could do with the same penalties being imposed in my opinion
Don't worry about upsetting anyone as I think we are all singing from the same hymn sheet on this one. I was a driving instructor back in the UK and I have seen and heard stuff that you wouldn't believe. I also know of a young 17 year old that passed his test on a Tuesday and he killed himself and his girlfriend on the Thursday racing his mate. I also know of however 17 year olds that drive very sensibly and do their best not to break speed limits or other rules. Not all 'P' platers are bad drivers but then nor are they all sensible ones either. Sadly there is no limit on engine size for newer drivers but then this will only delay the problem. As soon as they are old enough to drive a large car they will 'see what it can do'.
I agree with sentiments of others about drivers who drive too close to the car infront it frightening to see people drive with only a car's space between each other at 90 kmph in the pouring rain last week I saw five car accidents in one day last week, they don't ajust their speed here to weather conditions or give people space to make mistake's, still I suppose its still not as bad as Italy.
Shame about the lad losing his licience how is he going to get about now?