SAFETY CAMPAIGNER: Lismore P-plate campaigner Robert Wells.
SAFETY CAMPAIGNER: Lismore P-plate campaigner Robert Wells.

Father's frustration over P-plate toll

By JANE GARDNER

jgardner@northernstar.com.au EVERY time Rob Wells hears about another young life lost on our roads his frustration grows.

Mr Wells, of Goonellabah, has been passionately lobbying the State Government to change P-plate laws since his son Bryce, 17, died in a car accident last year.

He was deeply saddened by the death of Ocean Shores teenager Dan Morgan after an accident involving a P-plate driver on Rifle Range Road.

"While this Government is sitting on their hands our kids are dying," he said.

"It isn't their kids yet. They haven't lost one yet." Mr Wells has vowed he will not stop his vocal campaign to limit passenger numbers for P-plate drivers to one in their first year of driving.

He is a member of the Government's own Young Drivers Advisory Committee and is a founder of the Southern Cross LADS charity, which aims to set up a defensive driving school in Lismore.

"Kids need to know why they can't carry passengers in the first year of driving," he said.

"It's because that's when you are four times more likely to get in to an accident. It only takes that one instant of distraction and it could mean death or permanent disability.

"We need to minimise the number of passengers to minimise the damage to other people."



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