Driving It Home

THE Traffic Offenders Program has dealt with almost 9600 court-referred drivers since it started in Blacktown 16 years ago.

Program honorary chairman David Bamford said the number of courts now participating had increased to 48, from Newcastle to Nowra and to Bathurst.

The program requires offenders to attend eight road safety sessions over seven weeks, hear lectures from an ambulance officer and a spinal injury specialist, and anser questions on road rules and the results of traffic accidents.

Co-ordinator Graham Symes said: "They're not hard questions but the offenders do have to attend the sessions."

"I get young people coming back to me saying, it was a shame they had to commit an offence to get to know this (information)." "What presenters say to those attending is 'This is what will happen to you if you do this or that'."

The program's sponsor, Blacktown RSL, recently donated an extra $27,000. The club's general manager Alan Middleton said it had a responsibility to promote safe driving, particularly among its members.

To inquire about the Traffic Offenders Program contact 0418 494 022

By Roderick Shaw

BLACKTOWN CITY SUN 24/06/2008