Classes for young driving offenders
A ROAD safety program is giving young offenders a second chance.
Through WA Police and the Department of Corrective Services, RAC’s Community Education Team is delivering the program to young people aged 13 to 18 who have committed driving offences.
RAC media and government relations senior manager Liz Carey said the program delivered road safety classes in Joondalup, Mount Lawley, Belmont and Rockingham each Monday.
“We teach young offenders the importance of safe driving and the effects of alcohol, drugs and reckless behaviour on driving and being a responsible passenger,” she said. Last year, 184 people died in road crashes in WA, making the State’s fatality rate the worst in the country.
Drivers aged 17 to 24 accounted for 22 per cent of all WA road fatalities despite making up only 12 per cent of the population.
“Half of our most recent young driver survey respondents used their phone while driving, while 20 per cent checked social media behind the wheel,” Ms Carey said.
The results were worrying and reinforced the need to educate – not just penalise – young drivers, she said.