Sydney, NSW -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/19/2014 -- A 40 year old man was left seriously injured after a he was knocked down by a Learner driver at a Gold Coast service station. He was immediately brought to the Gold Coast University Hospital to undergo treatment. The motorist involved in the accident is a 17 year old Learner driver and he will face serious charges including criminal complaint and traffic rules violations.
The whole incident was captured by a CCTV camera and it was also filmed by a bystander in that area. According to the report, the motorist involved in the accident immediately left the scene of the accident after running over the victim. The local authorities filed several charges against him including traffic rules violation, dangerous operation of vehicle which caused grievous bodily harm as well as abandonment of the scene of the accident.
The Police was only able to retrieve the car of the accused the following day and it was detained in a holding yard for further investigation. Southport Magistrate Court held that the action of the driver was deliberate and calculated. However they allowed the accused to post bail at $10,000 AUD and it imposed strict conditions including curfew.
Any person who turned 16 may apply for a learner licence and he will have to undergo a series of test in order to qualify for his application. Once the driver passed the series of tests, he will have to obey and comply with the existing road and traffic rules regulation with the additional condition imposed especially for Learner drivers.
A learner driver must only drive with a supervisor and display the special L plates for learner drivers. He must also carry his learner licence all the time and record 100 hours of supervised driving in his learner logbook including a 10 hours night driving. The driver must also not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he is operating his vehicle. Additional condition may also be imposed such as driving only with the correctional glasses for those who are visually impaired.
All drivers are prohibited to use their mobile phones in hand while driving but if the motorists are learner driver who is under the age of 25, they are strictly prohibited to use their mobile phone at any time including the use of a hand free mobile phone, headset or even just a speaker phone. If they absolutely need to use their phones they should park their vehicle on a safe part of the road before making a call or sending a message. If a learner driver is caught using his mobile phone while driving, he will automatically get 4 demerit points in a 12-month period and he gets a 3-month driving suspension.
Learner drivers must be always diligent and careful whenever they operate their vehicle. They must drive without any distraction considering that they are still inexperienced with driving in order to avoid any accident. Thus the law imposes a rigid condition for learner drivers to follow in order to guide them carefully to be responsible motorist. Any violation of any of these conditions and requirements will lead to revocation of their driver’s license. Furthermore, the learner drive may also be charged with traffic rules violations as well as criminal charges depending on the circumstances of the case.
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