How can we stop teens dying in cars?

ONE stupid decision.

That was the headline on the tragic story Victoria woke to yesterday announcing another horrific road crash involving teenagers.

A car had ploughed into a brick wall in Melbourne’s north just before midnight on Wednesday.

Three dead. Two critically injured. One miracle escape.

Six families whose lives will never be the same.

Later in the day news surfaced of a learner driver, now 18, jailed for four and a half years with a minimum of two years after pleading guilty to culpable driving.

The driver had crashed a car at an estimated 132kmh in a 70kmh zone at Brighton East and then returned a blood-alcohol level of 0.153.

A young girl with the world at her feet named Georgina Thring was killed that day.

A young man whose formative years will now be spent behind bars.

With millions of dollars spent on road safety advertising and countless hours dedicated to the education of young people – why do they keep dying on our roads like this?

What makes an underage driver think they can get away with travelling at speeds an experienced driver would find hard to handle?

Why does a young man think he’s safe to get behind the wheel after a long drinking session?

Surely young people watch or read the graphic and raw reports of these tragedies and get a real sense of the danger.

How does society stop this?

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