Change drives down crashes

MORE young Victorian drivers are speeding and using their phones behind the wheel, but crashes involving more than two young people in a car have dropped 70 per cent, new data shows.

Victoria introduced tougher rules for P-platers in 2010 and VicRoads data shows fatal or serious crashes for first-year drivers have since been slashed by almost 20 per cent.

“While these results are a ringing endorsement for our licensing system, we still have a lot of work to do,” Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan said.

“Road crashes continue to be one of the leading causes of death for young people aged 18 to 25.”

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