South Australian rollout of keys2drive
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport
Regional Development and Local Government
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler
May 3 2010
An innovative driver education program developed by the nation’s peak motoring body – Australian Automobile Association (AAA) – and funded by the Rudd Labor Government has arrived in South Australia.
Launched today by Hindmarsh MP Steve Georganas in the company of leaders from the automotive sector, keys2drive will provide thousands of free driving lessons to the State’s learner drivers and their parents.
Mr Georganas said keys2drive is an important new, national road safety initiative.
"It provides extra incentive for novice drivers to get more on-the-road experience as well as assists those supervising them to become better informed and more confident," said Mr Georganas.
The keys2drive program:
- Gives learner drivers and a parent or mentor a free professional driving lesson from an accredited instructor;
- Supports parents and mentors with instructional material and practical guidance on how to provide effective supervision and training to a learner driver;
- Provides an interactive website offering short instructional videos, educational games and the location of their nearest accredited driving instructor; and
- Delivers the country’s first ever national accreditation scheme for driving instructors.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said keys2drive had already been successfully introduced into Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia with around 600 instructors nationwide accredited to deliver it.
"Young Australians continue to be over-represented in the nation’s annual road toll. Despite only making up 16 per cent of all motorists, nearly a quarter of all road deaths are aged 17 to 25," said Mr Albanese.
"As a community we must do more to prevent these tragedies.
"keys2drive is just one way the national government is attempting to do so. It’s a practical way of equipping young people with the skills they need for a lifetime of safer driving."
The initiative was developed by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the RAA and other motoring clubs around Australia, with support from the driver training industry.
More information about the program as well as the location of your nearest accredited instructor can be found at: www.keys2drive.com.au
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.