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[WA vs. Eastern States] driving HP vehicles is a crock!!

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by pro-pilot, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. http://www.officeofroadsafety.wa.gov.au/rst-powerfulcars.asp

    :shock: Love how RTA / VIC Roads is full of sh*t!

    The Problem / Issue
    Contrary to popular myth, young drivers are no more at risk of death or serious injury by driving powerful cars than other drivers. Vehicle performance is unrelated to a novice driver’s risk of being killed or seriously injured in the first two years of holding a licence.

    What We're Doing
    Young novice drivers are no more at risk of death or serious injury driving powerful cars than other drivers, a University of Western Australia study has found.

    The research – the first in WA - shows that vehicle performance is unrelated to a novice driver’s risk of crashing in the first two years of holding a licence.

    This challenges the popular myth that vehicle performance is a major cause of crashes for young, novice drivers. And the study calls for restrictions on high-powered vehicles for young drivers to be dismissed.

    The study recommends speed be targeted and regulated through changes to the licensing and penalty system, not through access to certain types of vehicles.

    It also recommends educational materials be developed disseminated to both novice drivers and their parents highlighting safety features and the need for novice drivers to drive vehicles which provide them with greater safety and protection if they are involved in a crash.

    The study looked at 662 serious injury crashes in 1999 and 2000 in WA and the power to weight ratio of the crashed vehicles was calculated. This was compared with the power to weight ratio of vehicles driven by novice drivers who did not crash during the same period.



    Only three per cent of crashed vehicles had a power to weight ratio above 100 kilowatts a tonne of vehicle weight and only two vehicles had power to weight ratio above 125 kilowatts.

    The study highlighted speeding as the cause of most crashes involving young drivers.

    The main issue is how vehicles are driven and, with the majority of crashes happening in 70km/h speed zones or less, even the lowest powered vehicles driven at excessive speed are a problem.

    Links

    http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/reports/muarc239.pdf
    http://www.cemt.org/JTRC/WorkingGroups/YoungDrivers/youngdocs.htm
    http://www.rac.com.au/
     
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  2. lies

    "There are three types of lies - lies, damn lies, and statistics."
    - Benjamin Disraeli
     
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  3. That confirms some long-held suspicions.
     
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  4. Confirms what I've always thought. It's not high-performance cars that are a problem, but low-performance drivers. A sensible, well-trained p-plater in a Ferrari would be a lot safer than a knob in a Hyundai that thinks it's a Ferrari.
     
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  5. But...but that costs more money!
    Why would a government do the RIGHT thing and implement proper training and psych testing for licence holders, when they can make up silly laws and be SEEN to be doing something?
    My first five cars all had well over 200 hp, and one was nudging 450.......

    Regards, Andrew.
     
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  6. I can assure you guys that if you knew the WA Office of Road Safety and all the BS they spin over here, you wouldnt be so quick to sing their praises.
     
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