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January 2015 News

January 2015 #13

Happy New Year. How interesting and challenging was 2014 ??

TAC/VicRoads established Baw Baw L2P in January 2009 with the first group of 15 Learners starting in September 2009. They are now well and truly off their green Ps. We attempt to make regular contact and follow up these former participants. Please let me know if you hear of any, so that I can add their story to our “Where are they now?” record.
MENTORS:
* During 2014, 38 Mentors were matched with Learners.
* Mentors gave 1,130+ hrs of supervised driving time.
* Fuel costs were a tad more than the annual $5,500 budgeted, but with all the activity, no wonder! 42,368 kms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
* 5 of the original July 2009 group are still supervising our Learners.
* Peter and Fred C. have joined the Steering Committee, adding valued dimensions to the meetings.
* Mick, Graham & Robert have ‘retired’, Werner has moved away and a newly-trained Mentor found an interstate job just 2 weeks afterwards so we lost Tim before actually gaining him.
* 9 new volunteers completed their training, with Greg going out of his way to complete the hours at Morwell and Moe. Thank you to all the ‘newies’ for taking up the challenge.
* John, Peter & Murray have been the astounding ‘website chaps’. They have established our bawbawl2p.org website and have worked with Pink Fiona to set up our bawbawl2p Facebook.
* The Google car-booking calendar is almost set to take over from the 2 diaries.
* Paypal will soon be on our website, making it so simple for donations to L2P
* Please keep referring to our website and if you have something to add, let’s hear about it.
* Taking a photo of our L2P car when you’re out driving can be forwarded to me and Pink Fiona can add it to the Facebook page for where is this??????

LEARNERS:
Would you believe 17 of our kids gained their Ps??? (and already 1 more this month).
24 Learners joined us in 2014, making 55 active Learners in the last 12 months.
11 have completed Yr 12, 2 commenced tertiary education courses, 2 gained local jobs, 4 started or are continuing apprenticeships, 1 has completed her apprenticeship, 6
have moved away for work.

FUNDING:
· In November, the Andrews Foundation granted us $10,000.
· Baw Baw Shire Councile Community Grant awarded us $3,000.
· Local businesses and organisations continue their support, including Rotary Club Warragul, Quirk Real Estate, Alberto’s Pizzas, Voyage Fitness, Warragul Autobarn, Luciano’s
and Voyage Fitness
· Private donations have also been gratefully received.

FUNDRAISING SUB COMMITTEE:

December’s meeting had to be postponed but hopefully this can happen during January 2015.
Please contact me asap so I can pass on your details to John B.

LASTLY:
Thank you every one, for all your hours of supervised driving and time spent with L2P Learners.
YOU are the reason this program is so successful. YOU are the reason for a safer generation of drivers.

Online Booking Calendar Going Ahead in 2015!

With positive feedback from Mentors at a recent General Meeting, the L2P Steering Committee has ratified a proposed online booking Calendar.
Based on the popular Google Calendars, the online Calendar will be given a three month probation period from February 2015 to May 2015. Starting on June 1st 2015 all Mentors will be working online to book their students for lessons. This will also be made easier as the Calendar can be accessed from Androids, I-phones and Tablets.
For such a diverse area as Baw Baw Shire, this will save many Mentors (and Beth) from the need to make a hasty trip down to the Police Station to find a suitable time for lessons.
It is hoped to also feature the Online Calendar on the website, but coding problems are yet to be sorted out delaying this for a while!

Baw Baw L2P Wins Grants of Over $13,000

Last week was full of awful pressure and brought to a head the imminent threat of closure of our L2P program due to lack of funds and withdrawal of 2 major supporting businesses.
Last Tuesday, 20 Mentors attended a bawbawl2p.org website information session and were introduced to the idea of using bawbawl2p Google Calendar to check the bookings and making bookings and not having to go to the Police station to change, scrub out or add to the diary.

Alberto’s Pizzas supplied us with 8 beaut pizzas, at very short notice.

A number of Mentors put up their hands to be involved in a fundraising sub committee. 

Yesterday the letter came through from The Andrews Foundation informing us of a $10,000 Grant. I had previously applied in March but not made the grade and this time round, Mentor Fred Clarke advised me of adjustments and additions needed and the Trustees accepted our application.
This evening, Mentor Peter and myself attended the BB Shire Community Grant Presentation Evening……..we were granted $3,000. 

This means we’re financially safe for a while. It shows that mentor’s contributions are valued and precious and the whole community benefits from the time and expertise you all constantly give the program and the kids and now the community has acknowledged this. We need to continue to strike while the iron is hot yes?????

The Importance of Maintaining Your Logbook

I recently took a learner for their licence test. It had taken 3 weeks to book. Plenty of time to get ready. The learner had already completed sixty hours, privately driving with a licenced friend.

I had explained to carefully fill out the logbook. Make sure all hours were correctly written up and the hours carefully totalled up. All certified drivers should complete the front of the book, each page should be filled in by the learner at the top of the page.

This was a legal document and would be checked. “Make sure you are very careful.”

At the Vicroads desk each page was carefully examined. Unfortunately for my learner he had added some 15 hours of extra driving that was incorrectly documented. Fifteen hours were subtracted from his learning experience.

He did not get to go for his test, lost the $65 payment, will need to book in again in a month’s time and will need to rewrite his entire logbook to make up for these serious errors. Plus complete another twenty hours of driving experience.

All because her was not careful enough, or maybe thought he could get by a scrutiny of his log book.

The distress he caused himself saddened me, but could have been completely avoided, by both being honest with his driving hours, keeping a neat logbook being careful in his addition.

It ws a hard lesson to learn. Hopefully it wont be you!

Latest Mentor Training Results

9 community volunteers successfully completed Mentor training in August 2014.  Gary Blackwood gracefully provided us with training facilities, Coordinator Beth Carr provided nutritional suppers and the new Mentors are now being matched with our Learner drivers. This makes 36 Mentors in total.

Farewelling Mentor Robert

Robert was introduced to Baw Baw L2P at a U3A presentation and has been involved with Baw Baw L2P since training in October 2009.
He has been a patient and calm supervisor, guiding 6 Learner drivers towards gaining their P’s. Robert has stepped in when other Mentors were not available, come to our skills training and information sessions and left his hat behind after 2 of the annual Mentor dinners.
Thank you Robert for all your time and travel and support over the last 5 years.We expect to see you at Warragul Community House and at our Mentor Gatherings if you have the time available.
Farewelling Robert

L2P VicRoads, Police Community Meeting.

At a recent meeting on April 7th at Warragul Community house attended by members of Vicroads and the local Police over 80 learners and their Mentors were briefed on issues that concerned them regarding being a safe driver.

Graduated Licence System
Proceeds through a series of steps beginning with the
HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
A The log book is inspected
B The Drive Test is divided into two parts
STAGE 1.
Basic Traffic Conditions
Residential Areas
Simple Driving
Reverse Parallel parking
STAGE 2
Higher Traffic Areas
Higher Speed Zones.

Turning 21
There was some discussion around turning 21 and whether you need to get 120 hours. Lloyd advised you must be over 21 before you can apply for a licence test without the 120 hours. There was also some discussion about P Platers who refuse to identify their Red P Plates, instead turning them over to green P Plates. If you get pulled over you will get booked!

Roundabouts
Above all use common sense when approaching a roundabout!
Remember to stay in the correct lane at a roundabout!
Follow the Road!
Give way to people who are already in the roundabout
Think of a clock. The maximum danger in a roundabout comes from the 1 to 6 position of the clock dial!

On Pedestrian Crossings
You must stop on all pedestrian (zebra crossings)
If a pedestrian crossing is seperated by a traffic island you may proceed if the pedestrian has crossed over the centre island to the other pedestrian crossing on the opposite side of the road.

If You Fail Your Driving Test
Use the feedback meaningfully to find out what you have been doing wrong and work on it with your mentor!

Finally from Vicroads Warragul
“We try to help learners with their nerves!”

From the Traffic Police in Attendance.

Red Ps vs Green P’s.
Restated that if you have Red P’s you must display them and NOT drive on Green P’s. If pulled over you will be fined and issued with demerit points.

On Mobile Phones
P Plate drivers cannot use Tom Tom devices or mobile phones.
“If you kill your friends you will go to gaol!”

Other Drivers

“Drive like every one else on the road is a fool!”
Take that minute to stop and understand road conditions. And drive at a speed that is safe!