Young motorists no longer biggest danger
IT comes as no surprise to Cairns driver Rebecca Rosendale that new statistics are debunking the theory that younger motorists are the biggest problem on the road.
There has been a 28 per cent drop in road fatalities in the 17 to 25 age group over the past five years, while there has been a 54 per cent increase in the deaths of motorists aged between 60 and 69.
The national data now shows that more people in the 40 to 59-year age bracket were killed on our roads than in the 17 to 25 age range.
Ms Rosendale, 23, has never been in an accident herself and said bad driving was not specific to any age group.
"You see some young drivers that are pretty crazy on the road but you get that in any age group, I think," she said.
"You have to be careful about who you allow to drive these days, because there are some terrible drivers out there."
Young driver initiatives such as passenger restrictions, zero alcohol and harsher penalties are being credited as helping to drive down road deaths among novice drivers.
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Good and bad: Rebecca Rosendale, 23, has never been in an accident herself but says bad driving was not specific to any age group.