Driving to a safer future
IPSWICH'S most disadvantaged young people are being given the guidance they need to get on the road, thanks to a local program.
Sergeant Neale Porter said the Police Citizens Youth Club Braking the Cycle program was aiming to help young people with no means of getting a licence, in an effort to help them get into the workforce.
"Unlicensed driving is often associated with disadvantaged youth, and that is specifically who we are targeting," he said.
"Young people can have difficulty obtaining their licence because they don't have access to a vehicle, or they are not living with family and have nobody to go driving with them."
The Ipswich portion of the program alone has 25 mentors - members of the community who volunteer their time to accompany learner drivers.
The mentors receive training from professional driving instructors, child protection and education experts before they join the program.
"This is the largest program of its type in Australia and has attracted interest from across the country because of its success," Sgt Porter said.
"Because of the knowledge of our mentors we are turning out better, safer young drivers."
For more information, phone Tracee Clothier at the Ipswich PCYC on 32812547.