Community Driver Mentor Programme
Checkpoint with John Campbell - RNZ Monday 31st August 2017 Interview
As a result of the Mayoral Task Force for Jobs initiative and the Social Sector trial a steering group was set up by Masterton Mayor Lyn Paterson, to explore how we best support some local secondary students to gain their restricted licences prior to exiting school.
We know that young people who hold a drivers licence are better placed to gain local employment and thus contribute meaningfully to the region economically, and socially.
We also know that most of our ‘at risk’ youth have no access to best practice driver training, finances or a driving mentor. Unless this is addressed they would rely on unsafe and illegal cars, indulge in unsafe driving and enter the justice merry-go-round, because of tickets and court appearances.
Young drivers is an NZTA ‘high concern’ for our region, and Carterton ranks nationally as No. 4 for ‘personal risk’ in the 2017 Communities at Risk register.
If supported, this group would hopefully become gainfully employed, and become safe drivers on our local roads, so EVERYONE wins!
The programme relies on generous sponsors and our wonderful community volunteers who every week spend some hours coaching our youth to become safe drivers and gain their driver licences.
The Wairarapa Road Safety Council is proud to have led a fantastic Community team in setting up the programme including:
Monday 10th of July 2017