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Council forum to help new young drivers have a smart safe summer

TO SUPPORT young learner or probationary drivers to keep safe on the roads over summer, South Gippsland Shire Council and the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation will hold a Twilight Road Safety Forum at the Mirboo North Football Club Rooms next Monday, November 24, from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

“We want to see young new drivers and their parents along to chat with Police, VicRoads and other road safety people to raise awareness of ways to avoid the most common causes of road smashes and often the ensuing grief that ripples through the community,” said John Ernst, Council’s Road Safety Coordinator. “Road problems are exacerbated over summer with the influx of visitors unfamiliar with our variable road conditions, as well as the general increase in drug and alcohol consumption through the holiday season.”

“These safety mentors won’t be there to lecture, but simply want to help you develop solutions and tactics that may get you and your car through summer crash-free. So come along and chill – there’ll be some free food, giveaways, great apps to download and the chance to win a professional driving lesson.”

“We need your parents and other significant adults that you may drive with to come along as well. You’ll spend a bit of time with them but mostly you’ll be with your friends working out what can help you.”

Parents and guardians will also be asked to be part of a thinking session with other parents to try and sort out some of the issues they face.

“It takes time and years of varied experience and conditions to become a truly seasoned driver,” said John. “New drivers are more vulnerable to a myriad of unforeseen scenarios and may not have yet developed the vital defensive driving skills needed to cope, plus there is often peer group pressure to drive faster and so on. It can be overwhelming.”

Council is hoping this exciting new initiative will help young people from across the shire to be smarter safer summer drivers.

Interested? Simply contact John Ernst or Sophie Dixon at Council by tomorrow (Thursday) to say if you are coming. Tel. 5662 9202 or text “I’m coming” to 0409 836 515.


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