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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Driver training courses take L-plates to outback

Date posted: 3 April 2012

A new driver education program is being rolled out in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Aboriginal people living in remote areas find it difficult to access driver training programs and licensing services. This is one reason that Aboriginal people compared with non-Aboriginal people are more than twice as likely to die as a result of a car crash.

Drive safe NT aims to improve this situation and from next month will send driving instructors to remote communities for a week at a time to provide road rules education in preparation for L-plate tests. In addition the program aims to provide first aid skills, car maintenance and drug and alcohol safety.

Members of the local community will be trained as learner-driver mentors to provide ongoing support.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 3 April 2012
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