Experts unconvinced lifting driving age would improve road toll

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Monday, 19 March 2018, 8:55a.m.
Three teenagers were injured in a high-speed incident near Christchurch over the weekend. (Photo/ File)

An independent road safety consultant is unconvinced lifting the driving age would have a serious impact on the country's road toll.

Two teenagers died in the early hours of yesterday, after a high-speed head-on collision at Amberley, north of Christchurch.

Road safety consultant Peter Sheppard told Mike Hosking, adolescents aren't the problem.

"If you have a look at the statistics at the moment, generally there's not a large increase in fatalities in that age group.

"Our increase in our road deaths is happening in higher age groups."

However, it may not just be the age which is concerning, but also the training drivers are getting. 

"There's always room for improvement in those sorts of areas. 

"I think we're starting to get it right, but we've got lots of work we can do."

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