Andrew Scipone the NSW police commissioner admitted he was at fault recently when turning right into the path of an oncoming FWD (SUV for Yankee doodles).
GIVEN the number of P-platers caught speeding last year - more than 6000 - and considering the rash of recent deadly accidents involving these mostly young drivers, perhaps they need to be reminded that the "P" on those plates merely stands for "provisional".
Too many seem to believe it stands for something else. "Performance", perhaps. Or "potent". The word they might be looking for is "Phoenix". ( From the Ashes). Mind you Scipione being a copper and graciously admitting fault at his own negligence is no excuse for being lackadaisical
Reckless teenage driving styles are influenced by computer games: "Slamming into a pole isn't fixed by simply resetting the PlayStation. It's game over."
Unlike the Phoenix, a creature of myth that rose from the ashes, young lives can't be reset and don't rise from the dead. In the tragic cases of those who are lost, the word we need is "permanent".
This is a difficult concept for teenagers, who are natural risk-takers, to fully grasp. There may be a valid point about computer games, but it's unlikely that every single speeding P-plater has been exposed to computer games to such a degree that their real-world behaviour would be influenced.
Much more likely is that we are battling with broader issues involving the lure of risk and danger and the fearlessness of youth.
It is important to work out exactly what lies behind this behaviour as it applies to driving, because that is the key to a cure.
A legal focus on computer games, seems ill-advised.
Instead, a greater level of corrective action, possibly extending existing laws under which cars are forfeited to police, might be a better bet.
In other words, "P" should sometimes stand for "punishment, Six strokes on the bare bum would curb their enthusiasm to speed and tailgate.
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