It’s been revealed that thousands of Queensland learner drivers have been breaking the rules on our roads.
In disturbing new figures, analysed by the RACQ, 9,706 L-platers have been charged with unaccompanied driving offences between February 2017 and January 2019.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said 8,749 learners had been pulled over by police for driving without supervision, 858 were under the supervision of someone without an open licence and 99 were under the direction of someone not seated beside them.
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“These are shocking statistics and there’s no excuse for this type of behaviour.
“While we understand many new drivers are keen to get behind the wheel, driving isn’t a right, it’s a privilege and a huge responsibility.
“Most learners are under the age of 25 and we know people in that age group are already over-represented when it comes to road deaths and serious injuries, so it’s vital our least experienced motorists are getting the right supervision before hitting the road on their own.
“It’s really scary thousands of Queenslanders with no experience have been driving unaccompanied on our roads, risking not only their own lives but the lives of others,” Ms Hunter said.
The peak motoring body is also reminding parents and learner drivers that they have access to a free driving lesson through the Keys2Drive program.
“This program gives learner drivers a free driving lesson with a qualified instructor, so learners and their supervisors can be in the car together, learning at the same time.
“It’s important instructors and new drivers remember becoming competent behind the wheel isn’t just about ticking off a requirement, it’s about gaining experience in a range of situations and conditions,” Ms Hunter said.