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Clocking up better drivers

LEARNER drivers will have the opportunity to clock up valuable time behind the wheel by participating in an upcoming Log Book Run.

A combined strategy of Wollongong City Council, Bulli Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC), Volunteers in Policing, the Roads & Maritime Services and the Illawarra Road Safety Group; the Log Book Run is designed to help Learner Drivers complete the compulsory 120 hours driving experience required to get their Provisional Licence.

Both learner drivers and their supervisors will have the opportunity to take part in a planned drive through parts of Wollongong city and the drive will include a range of driving experiences.

“The planned route will incorporate a range of driving conditions allowing the learner driver to gain experience in different situations,” Road Safety Officer Jack Harrison said.

“Learner Drivers will be able to experience a Random Breath Test with police in a non-threatening environment while a Driver Reviver site will also be set up to help teach the learners how better to deal with fatigue.

“The activity recognises the importance of educating young drivers early in their driving life about behavioural issues that could one day save their lives.”

The log book run will begin at the Bulli PCYC at 9.30am on Sunday August 5. Learner drivers will drive with their supervising driver on a designated route before returning back at the PCYC at 11.30am, followed by a free light lunch.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111, or e-mail rso@wollongong.nsw.gov.au.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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One thought on “Clocking up better drivers

  1. Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I like the idea of the log book run and the 120 hour compulsory driving experience before a provisional licence will be issued. This goes well beyond the practical driving licence requirements for new drivers in the UK.
    Richard Gray – author of The Demon Road: A Theory Test Novel

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    Posted by richard gray | July 7, 2012, 6:15 pm

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