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100,000 Free Driving Lessons Delivered Through Keys2drive - Joint Media Release

13.7.2012

Free driving instruction for learner drivers under the Gillard Government’s keys2drive initiative are being enthusiastically taken up with 100,000 lessons now delivered.

Keys2drive aims to save lives through education and is the first national learner driver safety program of its kind anywhere in the world.

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Catherine King, said the program has made great progress since it began in 2008.

“The interest in keys2drive over the last 6 months has been unprecedented, particularly given that it was only in December last year that we celebrated the delivery  50,000 lessons,” Ms King said.

“This all translates into the greater likelihood of safer drivers on the road and a better chance of lives being saved, since keys2drive is designed to better educate and prepare new drivers and to support those who are supervising them.

“We know that new, solo drivers are at 20-30 times more risk of a crash related injury.

“Keys2drive not only has the potential to save young lives and develop better drivers, there is also the positive flow on effect of protecting families and communities from the associated trauma of losing a loved one in a road crash,” she said.

Executive Director of the AAA, Andrew McKellar, said that while new drivers are not necessarily bad drivers, they are inexperienced and not used to independent driving.

“Keys2drive helps to prepare them for the realities of driving by themselves once they gain their P-plates,” Mr McKellar said.

“A fundamental part of the keys2drive program is the supervisor must also attend the lesson, where they pick up valuable skills on how to teach the learner safe driving techniques.

“Parents or supervisors really benefit as they are a key part of the process and can share the learning experience.”

Mr McKellar said the milestone of 100,000 lessons builds on the achievement of reaching 1,000 keys2drive accredited professional driving instructors in May, meaning the program is now available in almost every region of Australia.

Keys2drive is funded by the Australian Government and developed by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) and supported by the driver training industry.

It is the first government funded road safety program of its type in the world.

To find out how to get a free driving lesson or to become and accredited instructor go to www.keys2drive.com.au.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

PETER DWYER (KING) 0409 866 054

JAMES GOODWIN (MCKELLAR) 0401 248 772

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