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Should children as young as 12 get behind the wheel?

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser has called for year 7 students to be taught how to drive.

The proposal comes after a horror summer on NSW roads, with the toll being at its highest since 2014.

Mr Fraser tells Ben Fordham the cost of teaching young people how to drive is a small price to pay when it comes to saving lives.

“We teach our children how to cook but we don’t teach them how to drive.

“There’s not many people [who] die of their own cooking.”

He says road trauma costs billions of dollars a year whereas a pilot program in ten schools would cost around $100,000 a year, an investment which could save lives.

“It teaches them the road rules. It teaches them skills they will have for life.”

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