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New Zealand drivers on
a restricted licence are
seven times more likely to
be involved in a fatal or
serious injury crash than
Young people aged
17- 25 years and
seniors aged 65+ are
the most likely to be
involved in a crash.
A third of all deaths
from crashes involve
a driver with a blood
above the legal limit.
In 2017, 1225 lives were
lost on Australian roads. Of
this number, 291 were aged
under 25. As of July 2018,
1214 deaths have already
WHEN retired police officer Kim Smith, of the Rotary Club of Sullivans
Cove, Tas, took on the role of L1 Learner’s Licence Tutor, he realised
that there were many people having problems with understanding
and learning the road rules. Those with literacy or learning difficulties
were getting lost in the translation.
His first class involved African and Bhutanese refugees, who
struggled with reading and comprehending the road rules. Kim came
up with the idea of doing demonstrations using drawings of roads,
intersections and roundabouts on butcher’s paper, combined with
matchbox toy cars, animals and people figurines. Covering auditory,
visual, written and kinaesthetic learning techniques, this method
assisted the students’ learning significantly. The entire class successfully
passed their driving tests after six weekly two-hour sessions.
Following this success, Kim decided that another initiative
using video footage could help further and organised his front
seat passengers to film the roads with a small flip camera. From
this amateurish effort, it was felt that if a more professional
video presentation could be done, it would further improve the
Through the auspices of the West Moonah Community
House (WMCH), Kim applied for State Growth Funding, which
was approved. Combined with the support of the WMCH,
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, the Rotary Club of Sullivans
Cove, and the expertise of the State Growth Driving Assessment
Team staff, filming commenced.
The video has been specially developed to address the needs
of those with poor literacy skills and other learning difficulties.
Kim and State Growth personnel met with the Migrant Resource
Centre personnel to arrange voiceovers and transcript changes into
The completed videos have been used with a 100 per cent
success rate for a wide range of people, including refugees, locals
of all ages, some with Autism and some with hearing problems,
among others. Kim is currently assisting in the training of high
school students in Southern Tasmania.
Filming with the second round of funding has been done and will
be placed on the State Growth Website once the final editing and
voiceovers are completed. A third round of funding is currently in the
early planning stages and will assist both the supervisory driver and
the learner driver through the perils of practice and vehicle operation.
With the extra support of members of the Rotary Club of Sullivans
Cove, ideas are being discussed with a range of stakeholders,
such as Tasmania Police and State Growth personnel, to expand
the initiative further. Potentially, the video may be used within the
There is also a push to have the government, car hire companies
and the Road Safety Task Force consider a review of processes to see
overseas drivers view the video before taking to Australian roads.
The footage is already being used within road safety advertisements
and on the Department of State Growth website.
The videos can be viewed on the State Growth website: ‘Learn
to Drive Videos – Transport – Tas’.
The Rotary Club of Sullivans Cove also recently joined with the
Rotary clubs of North Hobart, Moonah, Salamanca and City Central
to provide $6000 in funding for Colony 47’s ‘Get on the Road’
project, giving disadvantaged young people the experience and
training they require to get their licence.
Road Rules Initiative
Of all hospitalisations
of young Australians,
almost half are drivers
involved in a road traffic
crash and another
quarter are passengers.
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