“Pull your head out, look out”

7 February 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on “Pull your head out, look out”|

YOUNG people involved in the Full Gear Program have seen their hard work to reduce risk-taking behaviours on the road come to fruition with the launch of a road safety billboard in Claremont.

The billboard was officially launched late last year by Department of State Growth’s Road User Services road safety branch manager Craig Hoey, attended by program participants and supporters.

Full Gear Program participant Jemimah Whiteway said it was great to be involved in such a project.

“Not everyone has the chance to be front and centre in a road safety campaign,” the 17-year-old said.

“The flier about Full Gear literally fell in my lap at college and I thought it was a great opportunity.

“Since going through the program I am more vigilant on the road and look out for other cars now.

“My licence will also help me get to my new full-time job.

“I realised that even with the full safety gear on you can hurt yourself – it’s so important to be prepared on the bike and wear the right gear.”

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the pilot program in 2017 was very successful.

“The program is co-designed by young people from the Chigwell area and has been really successful in improving road safety behaviour and awareness of young people,” she said.

“All the young people involved in the program had experienced barriers to obtaining their licence, which included costs and literacy support.

“Some of the young people had been involved in hooning in the streets and scrub areas of Chigwell and since joining the program, have changed their behaviours around the safe and legal use of motorbikes.

“Twenty-three young people have now obtained their motorbike licence as a direct result of the program, which is a fantastic achievement for all of them.

“The groups came together at the end to develop a community message which has resulted in the billboard.

“The message, ‘Pull Your Head Out, Look Out’, is a timely reminder for both motorbike and car users to look out for each other, be responsible on the road and to make it home safe every day.”

Mr Hoey commended participants for their contribution to local road safety.

“The Road Safety Branch and Road Safety Advisory Council encourage communities to identify local road safety issues and develop community-led solutions to reduce road trauma,” he said.

“Funding for community road safety projects such as this are available through the Community Road Safety Grants program.

“Applications for Community Road Safety Grants open in February/March and are available to local government, community organisations, clubs and schools.”

The Full Gear Program is aimed at young people between 16 and 24 and was developed in partnership between Glenorchy City Council and Buccan House, with funding from State Growth’s Road Safety Grants Program.

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