L2P and Me
My part in a unique driver-training programme for young adults — We teach them to drive, while aiming to preserve their lives.
Note: The comments that follow, while calling for more action against road deaths on the roads of an Australian capital city, may also be applicable to issues surrounding the loss of too many young, inexperienced drivers’ lives as a result of road accidents in jurisdictions other than the Australian state of Victoria.
The purpose of this article is to highlight an urgent need to review the current range of policies and effort being directed toward reducing the problem of young driver deaths on Victoria’s roads
With over fifty years of driving experience, the past near decade of which have been dedicated to the mentoring of young learner-drivers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, I continue to be alarmed, when nearly every day of every month of every year, I hear, read and see news of yet another young driver’s death on the state’s roads.
Across the state of Victoria this year, young lives continue to be extinguished at a level over 100% more than during the same period in 2018.
The state’s police and road authorities, anguished parents, families and friends, continue to literally throw up their hands in exasperation– but still the carnage on our roads goes on — unabated.
Later pages serve to highlight just one aspect of the road toll. Those involving young drivers. In particular drivers aged between 18 and 25 - a period that is known to be critical, during which newly licensed drivers are at their most vulnerable.
My work as a volunteer mentor with Victoria’s L2P young driver programme, has involved me and my fellow volunteer mentors, with training and, at times counseling young, mainly disadvantaged drivers between the ages of 16 and 21. Under the aegis of L2P, we seek to provide the highest level of one-on-one training toward the attainment of a young learner’s first probationary driving license.
Our role of mentor places us directly at the pointy end of an innovative programme of driver training. It is a programme through which the state provides young people with the opportunity of gaining their Red, and later Green probationary licenses. Working as we do, alongside young learners for most…