The course, in Takitumu as a test model for other districts, is nearing completion this week with eight students set to graduate. Two of the youngsters will go for their driver’s licences following the last session on Friday, with a third scheduled to sit the test next month. The others are already learner-drivers.
The training in Titikaveka was held over two weeks, with sessions held three days a week.
Police service spokesman Trevor Pitt said the course content was comprehensive and included legislation references to drink-driving and helmets, as well as road code and safety awareness.
Senior Constable Mautara Cummings has led the sessions with support from Prevention Division leader Inspector John Strickland, members Senior Sergeant Ngatamariki Pouao and Constable Teaukura Rakei, and volunteer consultant Mike Mills.
“This foundation-setting initiative is being run under the Blue Light initiative and is expected to be launched in Puaikura soon after the new school year starts in 2019,” Pitt said.