SO far this year, a staggering 20 people have lost their lives on roads across the Hume region, double the amount compared to this time in 2021.
The TAC is launching a new trial which will help some people overcome barriers in accessing a safe vehicle. The trial will be led by Empowr Mobility – a social enterprise with a mission to improve access to safe vehicles, while developing safe driving behaviors and habits.
Empowr has joined forces with Ganbina, to provide two young Shepparton locals access to a safe and fit-for-purpose vehicle for the duration on the trial.
Ganbina participants Virgil Beggs and Chrystal Chapman were given the keys to two vehicles equipped with technology that logs and monitors their braking, speed and phone usage among other driving habits through an app on their phones.
“Ganbina has partnered with the TAC and Empowr for this pilot program to help young Aboriginal people here in the Goulburn Valley establish safe driving habits. The trial will go for three months and the eventual aim is to encourage youths across Australia to drive consciously and safely,” said Ganbina CEO Anthony Cavanagh.
“The ‘Driver Advantage Program’ will connect young, inexperienced drivers with safer vehicles, enabling disadvantaged individuals access to greater employment and training opportunities, which closely aligns with Ganbina’s vision and strategic purpose.’’
Around two thirds of driver and passenger deaths over the past five years having occurred in a vehicle produced more than a decade ago. Safety features in newer model vehicles are a key component to reducing motor fatalities.
Trial participant Chrystal Chapman was excited at the prospect of driving a newer model vehicle equipped with safety features.
“This is a really exciting opportunity. It’s great how the car I’ll be driving has reverse cameras and other safety features which will give me peace of mind. I will come away from this a better driver, with a greater understanding of how emotions and stress may impact how I drive, and I hope they can use the results to help other young people be more conscious on the road,” said Chrystal.