Drive 4 Life
While putting young people and cars together conjures up images of boy racers, driving is actually a genuine employment option with opportunities in fast food delivery, couriers, public transport and competitive motor sport. Drive 4 Life was first introduced in 2007 as a safe driving programme with presentations and testimonials from young people whose lives have been impacted by driving accidents.
For the initial launch Tamati Paul was brought to Porirua to share his compelling story with local students. Tamati, a promising young athlete, was the victim of an horrific drunk driving accident. He has overcome his disabling injuries and become a inspirational voice for safe driving.
Drive 4 Life aims to empower youth with the knowledge and resources to become safer and more competent drivers. Partners Porirua run workshops and arranges driving assessments for young people. Over ninety young people are assisted each year to gain their learner, restricted or full licence.
Since 2013 Partners Porirua has worked in partnership with NZ Transport Agency, the AA and Caltex to deliver a Community Driver Mentor Programme enabling
disadvantaged youth to practice their driving skills with fully licensed adult driving mentors. The mentors are trained to act as driving coaches, supervising a range of driving experiences and fostering positive habits leading to safer drivers on our roads and in communities.
All this is leading to safer drivers on the roads and longer term helping to address the issue of fatalities and injuries caused by road crashes. Attaining a driving licence also enables young people to become more independent and employable.