P-Platers in NSW – start of a national trend?

Yesterday a working party announced a raft of recommendations in relation to reducing road deaths amongst P-plate drivers, which has been widely reported.

An obvious question I’d have is related to the recommendation that P-platers not be able to carry more than one other passenger late at night until they have reached 21-years of age. How will this affect the promotions historically done around designated drivers? Now, any group of 18-21 year olds going out drinking have no personal transport option, which can be an only option in rural areas in particular.

Are the potential benefits of the new restrictions going to outweigh the potential risks the proposed legislation will create?