A new driver safety program that provides driving offenders with the hard facts on road safety, is about to open.
The Queensland Traffic Offenders Program started out as a not-for-profit advisory 12 years ago, and is now a referral organisation supported by lawyers, magistrates and parole officers to help advise driving offenders and ultimately save lives.
Brooke Winter, a QTOP presenter and lawyer who practises on the Sunshine Coast, believes the program should become a vital ingredient for anyone who drives on our roads.
“It’s a brilliant program and, from my personal and professional opinion, one that should be mandatory for anyone who gets their licence, learner drivers, and any driver who finds themselves in a court,” Mr Winter said.
The QTOP program has become part of some court procedures to facilitate the education and rehabilitation of repeat driving offenders.
“It’s a five-week road safety education program, focusing on fatigue, trauma, grief, affects on health, police and the law,” the program’s co-ordinator Lara Hickling said.
“It’s a great program and we’re really excited about it expanding.”
QTOP was launched on the Gold Coast and expanded to Brisbane – it attracts up to 100 participants nightly in these centres.
The Sunshine Coast expansion, due in September, is the next step.
“Offenders who complete the program can get a lesser fine or a lesser sentence, depending on their circumstances,” Ms Hinkler said.
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