As Patron of the Fit to Drive Foundation I am encouraged by the work being undertaken to educate our young people on being responsible safe drivers. Keeping our young people safe is an important aspect of road safety and is a priority for all road safety partners and Government.
Nationally our youth are over-represented in road trauma. The initiatives developed to address this are extremely valuable. By educating our senior school students we can influence their behaviours and attitudes. Important programs such as the Graduated Licensing System in Victoria teaches young people the value of being a safer driver.
The F2D Year 11 workshops provide a sound platform for inexperienced drivers. The program can influence attitudes as both passengers and drivers and can expose students to decision making and risks associated with inexperience, difficult driving conditions, drink and drug driving and speeding.
The redevelopment of the initiative “looking after our mates” VicRoads, by Victoria Police, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Australian Drug Foundation and RoadSafe Gippsland targeting year 12 students, explores a range of road safety issues that are relevant to young people.
Together these programs are critical in ensuring our young drivers are ready for the responsibility of being safe road users.
Victoria Police is committed to all facets of road safety and reducing deaths and trauma on our roads including the recognised “Safe System” approach to road safety. This concept embraces a four-pillar approach that includes “Safer Roads, Safer Vehicles, Safer Speeds and Safer Road Users. The framework involves key elements that lead to fatal and serious injury collisions and focuses.
I would like to express my appreciation to all those involved in the Fit to Drive Foundation. The work undertaken to reduce youth road trauma is vital and I encourage all community leaders to fully support the program.
Doug Fryer APM Assistant Commissioner
Victoria Police Road Policing Command