TOP since 1992

The Traffic Offenders Program has been operating in the Blacktown/Seven Hills area since 5th March 1992 and started with the co-operation of the Blacktown and Parramatta Local Courts.

The number of Courts now participating has increased to forty-seven (48) Local and District Courts, stretching from Newcastle in the north to Nowra in the south and as far west as Bathurst.

During the period from 5th March 1992 to 31st December 2016 — 15,612 offenders have completed our Program and returned to Court. An offender is allowed only one attempt to attend our Program.

Many of these people have contacted me since their Court appearance and have made positive comments concerning the Program. Without exception, all have indicated that they have benefited from the Program and many feel that the Traffic Offenders Program should be made compulsory for all licensed drivers. It has been suggested by attendees that the Program should be available to anyone wishing to participate, not only those who are awaiting Court appearances for traffic offences.

All participants in the Program are facing the Courts on many varied traffic offences. They are required to attend eight (8) presentations over seven (7) weeks and are required to submit an assignment for each presentation.

The content of the assignments is based on specific questions; the answers for these questions are contained in each presentation. The participants are able to commence the Program at any time as the presentations rotate in the Program over forty-nine (49) weeks during the year.

The content for these presentations is drawn from the experience the presenters have in their specialised field of employment.

The on-going support of the organisations and presenters has ensured that the Program continues and I look forward to an on-going partnership with them.

Ian Faulks

TOP Co-ordinator