New campaign to encourage night driving

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A new campaign urging parents, guardians and supervisors to educate learner drivers, like those in Melton and Moorabool, about the dangers of night driving has been relaunched by the state government and the Transport Accident Board .

The parental controls campaign, which will feature prominently on digital, radio, press and outdoor platforms, comes as a disproportionate number of young drivers are being killed on Victorian roads.

Young drivers aged 18-25 have accounted for around 20% of all driver fatalities so far this year and of the 14 drivers in this age group killed in 2022, seven of the crashes occurred between 18 o’clock and 6 o’clock in the morning.

“It’s a sad reality that at any time of the day, first-year P-platers are far more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious crash than licensed drivers, and research shows that the risk increases at night”,

said Roads and Traffic Safety Minister Ben Carroll.

“Experience and maturity are crucial when it comes to young driver safety – this campaign urges parents, guardians and supervisors to educate learners about the risks and ensure they benefit from ‘at least 20 hours of practice at night.’

According to the state government, research has shown that during a P-platers first year on the road, they are seven times more likely to be killed or injured while driving at night, compared to licensed drivers.

Of the 50,000 new drivers hitting the road every year, about 31 are seriously injured or killed.

The campaign will run until mid-September, and more information can be found at tac.vic.gov.au/nightdriveing.

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