VEHICLES are safer than ever, so why is it that young drivers are still over represented in car accidents, particularly single vehicle collisions?
It’s a question that has haunted the community after a number of fatal incidences recently.
But instead of waiting for a state body to come up with some programs to address the issue, local police and the South Gippsland Shire’s road safety officer have come up with an innovative program to develop safe drivers.
The program is to be rolled out across South Gippsland and follows from a pilot program that was held in Mirboo North.
Directed towards young people or supervising drivers, the Safe Smart Young Drivers program will allow young people in particular to workshop solutions and strategies to navigate a dangerous time in a young person’s life.
Senior Sergeant Damian Whitford said single-vehicle collisions involving young people are prevalent in the country, mostly due to driver inexperience and unique conditions of driving in the country – like gravel roads, wildlife and high speed driving.
“The Safe Smart Young Drivers will be a proactive program for supervisors and learners, either on Ls or Ps,” Snr Sgt Whitford said.
“It will discuss the risks involved with driving, and promote strategies to utilise when out and about on the road.
“It will start with three themes that we believe are a good start – distracted drivers, driving near heavy vehicles and adult supervisors setting examples.
“We will promote discussions with the participants to contribute ideas, and how to best deal with these issues.”
The discussions will also continue online, with the program utilising social media to promote safe driving.
Sessions will be held at local football clubs and all new drivers, Ls, Ps and supervising drivers are invited to attend a session.
The first session will be on July 29 at the Mirboo North Football Club rooms at the Walter Tuck Reserve; then August 10 at the Leongatha Parrots clubrooms, August 19 at the Foster clubrooms, then August 26 at the Korumburra showgrounds.
For more information, contact John Ernst, L2P Program and Road Safety Officer at South Gippsland Shire Council on 5662 9200.