The Andrews Labor Government will help young people in Melbourne’s west improve their driving skills and stay safe on the road.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced $200,000 for the Centre for Multicultural Youth’s Turning Point program.
The grant is part of the Transport Accident Commission’s Youth Grants program which helps youth-focused organisations support at-risk young people as they transition to fully licensed drivers.
The Centre for Multicultural Youth’s Turning Point program will focus on providing educational driver support to young people aged 15 to 17 in the western suburbs of Melbourne.
With the help of Victoria Police, the program will work to provide a positive influence on those who have committed offences relating to stolen vehicles and dangerous driving.
Young drivers are some of Victoria’s most vulnerable road users, with a quarter of road deaths involving a young driver, but only making up 14 per cent of licence holders.
This grant aims to reach a variety of young people and give them the experience and knowledge to make safe decisions when driving.
Programs like the Centre for Multicultural Youth’s Turning Point provide support to young people to help them feel connected to the community and improve their ability to make safe choices.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“Getting your Ps is an important milestone for any young person – and our first priority is to keep each one of them safe on the road.”
“We’re proud to back this program and the important work they do to teach our kids how to drive safely and stay on track.”
Quote attributable to TAC CEO Joe Calafiore
“Young and inexperienced drivers face the greatest risk on our roads and by ensuring they receive top-quality driver training we can improve how safe they are when they hit the road.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020