Record number of L-platers as students return to school

25 July, 2022

A surge in the number of learner drivers on SA roads has prompted our plea for patience as school in South Australia returns this week.

Latest figures show there were 67,232 learner permit holders in SA last month, almost 10,000 – or 17% – more than the same time two years ago.

RAA Senior Manager of Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said many L-platers would include students driving to school this week with the start of term 3.

“With so many novice drivers on the roads it’s important we send a message to all road users of the need to be courteous and considerate of each other.”

“Motorists should keep an eye out for vehicles’ displaying L plates and be mindful these learners are still honing their skills behind the wheel and may need more time to execute manoeuvres safely.’’

Mr Mountain said SA Government figures show there has been an annual increase in learner permit holders since 2011, likely driven by state population growth.

He also urged drivers to observe the 25km/h limit when students were present in school zones.

“It’s important to remember that the lower speed limits apply whenever children are present and that can be outside of school hours and at weekend sporting activities.”

“Remember that when the amber lights at crossings are flashing or the orange flags are out it means the crossing are in operation so slow down and be prepared to stop,’’ Mr Mountain said.

“Traffic increases with the return to school, so all commuters should allow greater travelling time if they’ve been leaving a little later over the past couple of weeks.”

RAA will help to educate more than 20,000 primary aged students and more than 2000 pre-school children about road safety this school year. RAA’s Street Smart Primary educators will visit more than 300 schools and 60 kindergartens across SA.