Alex Attwood's proposals for new drivers seem appropriate for 21st century motoring, but they will not save lives. The real problem is the horde of incompetents already on our roads.
Drivers who have never been reassessed in decades, those who never look at the Highway Code, who don't have a grasp of even the basics of driving and those who believe that slow equates with safe, in spite of a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
The three major causes of collisions are failure to look, failure to judge the speed of another vehicle and careless, thoughtless behaviour.
Perhaps, instead of proposals for new drivers, we should be looking at what some chief constables on the mainland suggest: 10-yearly re-tests for all drivers.
Carryduff, Co Down