One for the Road Taranaki
Driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs continues to be a serious issue in Taranaki. For example, 73 recidivist drink drivers were convicted in Taranaki in 12 months (May 2019 - April 2020). The good news is that there are services available locally to support individuals wanting to address this significant community safety issue.
One for the Road Taranaki is a free education programme for those with drink (or drug) driving offences or a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reading of more than twice the legal limit. It aims to help individuals make better decisions about drinking and driving.
With a success rate of over 75%, the programme involves clients attending an initial assessment and then a 20 hour programme over 4-5 days. After the group, support is offered to clients.
The programme looks at:
- Behaviour change
- Possible consequences of decisions
- Finding and understanding what triggers drinking/decision to drive
- Provides strategies to overcome these triggers
- Links with local qualified social worker who will provide support during the programme
- Allows follow up sessions with social workers to help support individuals one on one
Individuals can self refer, and referrals can also come from the Police, Court, lawyers, NZTA, alcohol and other drug services or whanau/family. There is no cost to participants thanks to funding from Roadsafe Taranaki.
Programme Location - YMCA Cnr Pendarves and Liardet Street, New Plymouth.
The next NP programme starts on 9th September. Transport is available for those that cannot get to the venue.
To find out more information, or to book in for the One for the Road Programme, please contact:
Programme Facilitators - Harmony Trust
Email: [email protected]
Phone or Text: 021 183 9759
Freephone: 0800 183 975