Educate kids early, to live

Region’s top traffic cop suggests program for primary schools

THE officer in charge of road policing in the Eastern Region has called on VicRoads to do more to educate children about driving and the road system.

Inspector Stewart Westfield attended the “Towards Zero” community consultation meeting on road safety in Benalla on Tuesday and said he would like to see an education system more like American “auto ed” classes that start at a young age.

“We have a captured audience and we don’t use them,” he said.

“Have we considered a program starting in younger years at state schools, to go through to secondary schools on actually how to learn how to drive and use our road system?”

Primary schools currently have limited road safety lessons that include bike education classes or visits from police officers.

VicRoads chief executive officer, John Merritt, said the State Government has committed to more driver education for year 10 and year 11 students.

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