Abandon the ridiculous changes proposed for P platers
  • Petitioned Road Safety Minister Michael O'Brien

This petition was delivered to:

Government of South Australia
Road Safety Minister Michael O'Brien

Abandon the ridiculous changes proposed for P platers

    1. Petition by

      Gabriel Hicks


We the youth of South Australia hereby state our wholehearted opposition to the proposed revisions to P plate laws. The South Australian government seems to be of the opinion that the best way to make us better drivers is to make it harder and harder for us to get our licenses and to place more and more restrictions on us as drivers.

If this strategy was effective, we would have seen a dramatic reduction in fatalities and deaths after the prohibition of high powered cars and the doubling of L plate hours and time. The proposition of these new laws shows that what you believed would be effective then has not achieved its goals so why do you think that going further down the same path will help?

The higher accident rate for P platers cannot be fixed through curfews or limits on passengers. It is a problem stemming from teenage cultures of hoon driving and pushing the limits - things which are already illegal yet still happen and which can only be fixed through education and training.

Furthermore, will the government take responsibility for the increase in young people being hit by cars or assaulted after having to walk home late at night because their sober friend wasn't legally allowed to drive them?

If you wish to create laws that directly and specifically effect us, you need to do so after consulting us - not adults tasked with collecting statistics on us.

We demand that you abandon these laws and begin to actually talk to P platers about the laws you wish to make for them. 

We also remind you that our group is on the cusp of voting age and ask you to consider the effects such harsh laws would have on our opinion of the Labour party. 

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    Reasons for signing

    • Liam Keenan AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      its my right to drive when I please, with whom I please and be trusted to act responsibly. A young person driving at night should not be a crime.

    • Zoe Davey AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      This is important to me as why should I a responsible driver who does not speed or let her friends distract her whilst driving, be punished for those who do? It is simply not fair! Punish them, but do not punish those who do not wrong the system

    • Ayrton Barnard AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      Stupid restrictions that will not actually help anyone, apart from people that like making problems.

    • Rebekah Priest BLOWERING, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      Next year I will have my l's it's already hard enough to applie for your l's.In America and probally many other places they only have like 2 stages to getting their fulls here we have 4 and I know of family who can't teach their kids to drive because they are on their p2 and it has been that way for probally 16 years.The fact that they wanna make it even harder for people to have the freedom to drive is horrible.Wheres the decomcracy ? If they wanna make that law on p platers they should allow people to vote or not vote for it.Half the time it's the roads that cause accidents and I don't see why good people have to be punished for others bad actions.If someone or a group of people do the wrong thing they should be punished not anyone else

    • Sean O'Mahoney AUSTRALIA
      • 5 months ago

      Dear Mr. O'Brien,

      Get out of the statistics labratory and into reality. It may be that the majority of crashes happen to P plate drivers with passesngers late at night, but what percentage of actuall trips taken result in crashes? Don't have a knee gerk reaction to those at the MAC you pay to be fear mongerers.


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