By NATALIE GALLENTI-BREKALO
YOUNG drivers across Melton and Moorabool are being given a helping hand by dedicated volunteers thanks to the area’s successful L2P program. This month the program celebrated its 60th licence – more than any other program in Melbourne’s West.
Katherine Price said she decided to volunteer as a mentor to give young people the opportunity she didn’t have when she was learning to drive. The Melton resident said while she was nervous the first time she took a learner driver out, it was now an important part of her week and she has developed a special bond with the youngsters she has met.
“I think people need to remember what it was like learning to drive, the program gives you the chance to help young people and hopefully reduce the road toll,” Ms Price told Star. She said it was always a very proud moment when one of her drivers gained their licence. “I really recommend that other people do it – you have a lot of fun too.”
The program, sponsored by Melton City Council and Moorabool Shire Council in partnership with VicRoads, was first launched in Melton in 2009 and allows young adults aged between 16 and 20 years to gain access to a driving mentor in order in acquire their 120 hours of driving experience. It is also supported by Melton Toyota, Harrison Hyundai, Rotary Bacchus Marsh and Bacchus Marsh Workwear and Safety.
Source: Star Melton, 25 February 2014