The key to safer driving in Selwyn
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Last modified: 08 Aug 2022 10:08am
The rain poured down outside Te Ara Ātea last Tuesday, as the keys to the new Community Driver Mentor Programme (CDMP) vehicle were handed over to Proactive Driving Instructor, John Langan by Lions member, John Benefield (photo, centre left).
This event hosted by Proactive Drive who run the CDMP, acknowledged the Council’s sponsorship of the car, alongside other sponsors including Selwyn Lions, Rolleston Lions and Faringdon Rolleston.
The CDMP helps new drivers in Selwyn to obtain their restricted or full licence, by overcoming barriers stopping them from learning how to drive — such as cost and access to a vehicle or lessons.
The Council supports each learner with three driving lessons from a driving instructor from Proactive Drive. These instructed lessons (at the beginning, middle and end) are a crucial part in programme as they identify specific skills that the mentor can then help the learner refine. This sponsorship significantly reduces the cost for the learner.
Faye Lammers, Selwyn’s CDMP Coordinator says it is a privilege to be involved with a programme which has so many positive outcomes.
“The sponsorship of this vehicle is incredibly important. Having a licence not only increases confidence and the ability to be independent, it also opens up employment opportunities and reduces the isolation often experienced in a rural district."
Currently there are about 30 driving mentors involved with this programme throughout Selwyn.