Every year there are a number of road crashes in Whitehorse which have tragic affects across the community.
Whitehorse Council is working to reduce the amount of crashes that happen each year on our roads by providing a range of preventative actions so that residents can learn about road safety through programs, mentoring, and short courses.
Road safety is a shared responsibility where everybody needs to play their part.
Road Safety Programs
The City of Whitehorse provides residents with opportunities to learn more about road safety. This includes programs such:
- Wiser Driver course, aimed at drivers over 50 years old
- Learning how to use child car seats correctly
- Not So Fast Program, reminding drivers to slow down on local streets
- Seniors Stepping Out Safely, which looks at walking safety for older pedestrians.
TAC L2P is an initiative of the Transport Accident Commission and the Department of Transport.
It aims to provide a chance for disadvantaged young people aged from 16 to 21 to have access to supervised driving practice with a volunteer driving mentor.
This enables them to meet the minimum 120 hours of driving experience that is required to move from a learner permit to a probationary licence.
Until recently, one vehicle has been servicing both Manningham and Whitehorse municipalities. The Vermont Lions Club has donated a new vehicle that will be used throughout the Whitehorse municipality for Whitehorse Learner Drivers.
You can volunteer to become a mentor for the TAC L2P program. Volunteer mentors are provided training to run the program.
In our area, the TAC L2P program is a joint program run by Whitehorse and Manningham Councils.
Find out more about the Whitehorse-Manningham L2P Program or phone 9846 0537.
School Crossing Supervisors
Whitehorse has more than 100 supervised school crossings, and we are always looking for school crossing supervisors. Find out how to become one.
Young people between the age of 16 to 25 are in the highest risk age group on our roads. Council runs and promotes a number of school programs to help primary and secondary school students travel safely. Some of these programs are:
- Bike Ed, funding for primary and secondary school teachers to be trained as Bike Ed Instructors
- Walk to School Month, held each October to increase the number of primary school students who walk to school every day (funded by VicHealth)
- Transit, a program that helps Year 6 students prepare for transitioning to high school by getting them to think about how they’ll get to school safely and independently
- Road Smart, the VicRoads program for Year 10 students who are just about to get the Learners Permit
- Fit to Drive, a program for Year 11 students that focuses on peer pressure and high risk behaviour
- Court Room Drama, an excursion for Year 10+ students to see what happens in a court room when a young person is convicted of culpable driving
- Looking After Our Mates, a program for Year 12 students and sporting clubs that focuses on peer pressure and the influence of alcohol or drugs on driving.
Whitehorse Community Road Safety Strategy
Council has developed the Whitehorse Community Road Safety Strategy ( PDF 2.12MB) to guide Council’s actions to support road safety.
For more information about Council’s road safety programs, please phone 9262 6333 and ask to speak to Council’s Senior Transport Project Officer or email firstname.lastname@example.org