Calls for reform of repeat offender laws after fatal Buxton crash

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An 18-year-old man behind the wheel of a craft that crashed and killed five teenagers had previously lost his license twice for speeding offences, a court heard on Thursday.

Tyrell Edwards was charged with five counts of dangerous driving causing death on Wednesday after the crash in Buxton, south-west of Sydney.

Picton Local Court heard Edwards served two three-month bans for speeding in the 18 months before the crash on Tuesday night.

The Bargo man was refused bail in court and has not entered a plea to the charges.

Tom Derfor’s mission

The incident has sparked renewed calls from authorities for care on the road, with 188 fatalities recorded across NSW in the eight months to August 2022.

Tom Daher, a road safety campaigner who lost his father in a horrific crash, says a three-month ban for a P-plate with a history of speeding is “not enough”.

Sir. Daher believes the “cycle” of repeat offenders losing their licenses, barring their suspensions and getting back on the road needs to stop.

Daher, who is a member of the Road Trauma Support Group NSW (RTSG), says an “arrogant, total disregard” for the law killed his elderly father, Tannous, as he worked in the garden outside his home in 2017.

The 82-year-old was run over when a truck driven down the wrong side of the road crashed through his front garden in Sydney’s west.

“The person who killed my father had lost his license on five separate occasions.”

A call for reform

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Tom Daher knows the pain of losing a loved one in a traffic accident.(Delivered)

RTSG is calling for reform of laws dictating how repeat offenders in NSW can regain their licences.

One change they want to see is to expand the definition of a “repeat serious traffic offender,” which includes someone who has committed two custodial offenses within the past five years.

Sir. Daher says people who consistently commit offenses that result in suspension demerits — such as speeding, running red lights or cell phone use — should also be included.

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