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Old 12-12-2007, 12:28 PM
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Talking Don't bring your Benz to Ontario

Based on the following release from the Auditor of the Province of Ontario, I'd warn you not to bring your cherished Benz onto our roads. Too much chance of an accident!!

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On the roads, McCarter discovered new drivers were more likely to be involved in collisions if they take the province's beginning driver education course than if they do not.

While 55 per cent of novice drivers took the program, they crashed their cars at a far higher rate than the 45 per cent who don't bother 6.83 per cent compared to 4.21 per cent. That means those with driver education have a 62 per cent higher crash rate than those who do not.

"It is counter-intuitive. ... It didn't make sense," said McCarter.

Equally troubling is that, as of last December, driving instructors were far more likely than other motorists to have demerit points for speeding, disobeying traffic lights, and failing to use seatbelts.

In fact, 360 of Ontario's 5,500 instructors 6.5 per cent have been slapped with demerit points compared with 1.4 per cent of the general motoring public.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:21 PM
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I think I can explain that.

If Ontario is anything like the U.S., most beginning driver instruction is taught by the trainee's parents. I know from anecdotal evidence that beginning drivers who lack apptitude or perform poorly early on tend to get sent to formal training, while good students don't.

As for the instructors, they probably have a tendency to ignore safety precautions because they think they are "experts". They may be, but that doesn't change the fact that a large percentage of drivers are legally blind suicidal idiots, or at least drive like they are.
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