Acting Sgt Allan Piening talks to L2P learners and family members at the recent session.

Acting Sgt Allan Piening talks to L2P learners and family members at the recent session.

ON A cold and wintery June night Bass Coast Highway Patrol’s Acting Sergeant Allan Piening and Leading Senior Constable Scott Simcock were pleasantly surprised to see 55 people at Autobarn Wonthaggi to learn about keeping vehicles safe and roadworthy.
L2P learners, their families and volunteer mentors watched on as vehicles were raised on the Autobarn hoist and discussion ensued.
All then happily walked next door to the Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre to talk with police about road rules and safe driving skills.
This was followed by a very popular pizza and coke supper sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council.
A/Sgt Allan Piening said the response from the young people was impressive.
“I always find it very fulfilling attending and participating in these events.
“It gives the community a chance to get to meet us and find out we are no different to them. It also gives the community a chance to ask those questions they might never get much chance to do.”
“We would be happy to do another session again,” added LSC Simcock.
While the Bass Coast L2P Program for 16 to 21 year-old disadvantaged learner drivers receives funding from the TAC via VicRoads, it is very dependent on the sponsorship and good will of local businesses and organisations.
“Bass Coast Community Foundation, the Cowes, San Remo, Grantville and Inverloch branches of the Bendigo Bank, Watersure, Dandy-Premix Concrete, Inverloch Rotary, Wonthaggi Lions Club, Autobarn, Connell’s Bakery, the Wonthaggi Club and the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club all contribute and by doing so they’re helping to save young lives on our roads” L2P coordinator Veronica Dowman said.
For more information on the Bass Coast L2P Program call Veronica on 0467 590 679 or email basscoastl2p@hotmail.com