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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Driver program in the Northern Territory aims to reduce road toll

Date posted: 5 July 2012

A driver training program operating in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT) is working to improve the safety of Indigenous territorians.

Approximately half of those killed in road accidents in the NT are Indigenous.

Almost 100 Aboriginal people have earned their learner's licence since the DriveSafe NT remote program started in April this year, with 165 having passed their theory test.

The program runs over seven months and teaches first aid, drug and alcohol awareness and car maintenance along with driving with an approved instructor.

It is currently running in Yirrkala, Gunyangara, Angurugu, Umbakumba, Wurrumiyanga and Wadeye.

The trial program is funded by the Australian and NT governments, the National Road Safety Council and Territory Insurance Office.

Source: Koori mail


Last updated: 5 July 2012
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