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Held on Sunday 16th March 2008


Peter Thomson’s Road Safe Attitude campaign launched its pilot day of the Parent/Learner Driver Skills Assessment Program to promote parents and learner driver’s skills on Sunday 16th March 2008.

Road Safe Attitude promotes road safety by changing driver’s attitude and increased driver skills along with providing opportunities for young drivers. It began after Peter’s his wife Glenda and sister-in-law Michelle were killed in a vehicle crash in Korumburra, May 2006. Glenda’s daughter Tara was also seriously injured in the incident.

The Parent/Learner Driver Skills Assessment Program has been formed to provide parents the knowledge and skills to enable them to successfully provide their children the opportunities and experience to gain the mandatory logged 120 hours of driving experience required to obtain their driving licence.

The pilot day was held at Gary Blackwood’s office in Warragul was conducted by Jude’s Driving School and provided a theoretical session involving guest speakers, video presentations and instruction and hazard test training followed by an outdoor hand’s on practical skills training. The day provided parents and learner drivers with positive results and an increased awareness to their driver education abilities.

Present to assist on the day were Officer in Charge of the Latrobe Traffic Management Unit, Sergeant Clint Wilson, Roadsafe Gippsland representative, Andrew Milborne and Chairperson of Roadsafe Baw Baw Tracy Walker who’s daughter, Teagan also participated in the day.

The organisers of the pilot day would like to acknowledge the support given by Jude’s Driving School, Gary Blackwood, Maurice Blackman Cashman and Legible signs and the numerous volunteers who helped to make the day a success.

Road safe Attitude is currently seeking funding to expand the program to other areas to provide regular Parent/Learner Driver Skills Assessment days around Victoria.

Please contact Peter Thomson on 0418 515 774 for more information about future Parent/Learner Driver Skills Assessment Programs and if you would like to offer your support to the Road Safe Attitude campaign.