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Overcoming the cultural divide

Sommsich, Eve



This paper reports specifically on 2 successful components of the Charles Darwin University?s "Remote Areas Driver Education Program" namely:
(i)      The community based driver instructor program
(ii)      Driving training and licensing in Alice Springs and Darwin Correctional Facilities.

These programs deal in particular with the high incidence of unlicensed drivers within Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory and the disproportionately high representation of indigenous people in fatal and serious car crashes.

The understanding of community and cultural dynamics is pivotal to the success of this program.  By breaking down many of these barriers well over 3,000 community people have gained their drivers license.