7 March 2024

The ultimate learning experience to help young people become safe, responsible drivers

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Shellharbour Mayor Chris Homer (right) is joined by Matt McVey from Holcim and emergency services at the launch of the learner driver log book run. Photo: Shellharbour City Council.

The Illawarra’s councils and emergency services will join forces in April for a free event to help get learner drivers and their supervisors up to speed on safe driving.

The Ultimate Learner Log Book Run Experience is a planned drive which includes a range of driving experiences, both on and off the road.

It is an initiative of Shellharbour, Wollongong and Kiama councils, supported by Transport for NSW in collaboration with NSW Police Service, NSW Fire Rescue, NSW SES, Holcim, Lake Illawarra PCYC, and the Illawarra Road Safety Group.

Hosted by Shellharbour City Council, the event will be held on Sunday 7 April at Lake Illawarra PCYC.

The event will include driver reviver, roadside random breath testing and random drug testing information from police, reverse parking tuition as well as demonstrations and presentations from Police Crash Investigation Unit and NSW Fire Rescue.

The SES will talk about Project U-turn, which focuses on understanding the dangers of driving through floodwaters. A victim of road trauma will also share their personal experience.

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This year’s event will also focus on the importance of being “truck aware”, reinforcing the messaging about their main blind spots and inability to stop quickly.

Learner drivers must have 40 hours’ recorded driving experience to join the event and will need to bring a supervisor, L-plates, licences, log book and a registered vehicle with plenty of fuel.

Shellharbour City Mayor Chris Homer said the event was a wonderful opportunity for learner drivers and their supervisors to gain valuable experience from frontline emergency services personnel.

“This event is a golden opportunity for learner drivers and their supervisors to experience a series of practical and powerful demonstrations from the experts whilst gaining log book hours on a planned route,” he said.

“It is also a great opportunity for their parents and carers to refresh some important road safety messages and behaviours that are overrepresented in crashes.”

According to Transport for NSW statistics, there were 542 casualties resulting from 413 crashes in the Illawarra during 2021/2022. More than 100 of the casualties were seriously injured and four people died.

The Ultimate Learner Log Book Run Experience is on Sunday 7 April, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Lake Illawarra PCYC, Reddall Parade, Lake Illawarra. Bookings are essential and can be made by clicking here.

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