Getting more people on the road safely

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EVELYN.THORN@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

This year marks the second anniversary of the Drive My Life programme that has now helped more than 20 people earn their restricted driving licences.

Police constable Rochelle Gordon and Clutha District Council road safety co-ordinator Rachel Harrison have had a 95% learner pass rate in their programme dedicated to assisting people who either can not afford to pay the fees for their licence or do not have family to teach them obtain their driving licences.

The Drive My Life programme assists with learners’ licences and guides drivers towards getting their restricted and full licences as well.

The Drive My Life programme runs in areas throughout the South, from Gore to Queenstown.

It runs quarterly unless demand becomes high, then more programmes can be held.

The Drive My Life team abide by Covid Red light settings and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency rules.

They have had 72 people sign up which they get primarily through referrals through organisations like Anglican Family Care, Corrections and Clutha District Settlement Support.

Drive My Life has seen a ‘‘tremendous amount of support from communities and organisations’’,Mrs Harrison said.

The success of the Drive My Life programme has driven the team to encourage people to get in touch with them via email or phone as they are looking for more applicants and mentors.

They can be contacted on 022 010›5904 or at drivemylifeclutha2020@nullgmail.com.