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.
21 students have successfully passed through the CDMP programme attaining their Restricted Licences. Of these 17 passed on their first attempt and those 4 passed on their 2nd attempt. We also have 3 more booked to sit their restricted before Christmas and several who are keen to take the opportunity in 2018.
This is an amazing achievement for these students from Makoura, Kuranui, Chanel and Wairarapa Colleges, but it could not have been achieved without the dedication and commitment of their teachers, mentors, driving instructors, and our sponsors. Our mentors deserve special thanks, these are the folks who are voluntarily giving up their time week after week because they are committed to our goal of helping these students to make the very best of this opportunity. We are already aware of students gaining employment on the strength of being able to legally drive!
Special thanks also to Brendan at Southey Honda, Kevan Dudson at Caltex, and Matt Bain at Sign factory, Anita at REAP Reception, Waggs Holden, our funding providers Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa District Councils, Masterton Lands Trust, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wairarapa Road Safety Council, NZTA and others who have preferred to remain nameless – we are fortunate to live in a community where the business, private and public sectors have all caught our vision and stepped in to help to achieve our goal of safer young drivers on our roads.
'Together making a difference for young driver safety across Wairarapa’