The Wairarapa Road Safety Council (WRSC) is an Incorporated Society (1991) of charitable status, contracted to Masterton, Carterton & South Wairarapa District Councils, to deliver a Road Safety programme across the region. Aim: To reduce the incidence of deaths and serious injuries on Wairarapa roads
WRSC offers information, guidance, resources, licence courses, safe motorcycling courses, holds regular road safety workshops, works with schools, cycling groups and multiple Government agencies, councils and community groups, and advocates for road safety improvements and programmes on behalf of the public.
A new collaborative in 2016 led by WRSC is the Community Driver Mentor Programme (CDMP), which is aimed at selected students in Wairarapa colleges, to enable them to be ‘mentored’ by experienced community volunteers who give up a couple of hours a week to ‘mentor’ and coach students to gain their restricted licences. The aim is twofold; to produce ‘safer young drivers’ and to enable a pathway to gainful employment to add economic value to our region, as 70% of jobs now require the applicant to hold a drivers licence.
Programme sponsors include Southey Honda, Caltex Masterton, and the Sign Factory, with Wairarapa REAP providing administrative help.
Trusthouse Foundation , through their generous financial support, enabled programme expansion to include a further college, a paid coordinator and cover associated costs.
Investing in our local youth and road safety now, benefits all who use our local roads by reducing crash trauma, and also enhances employment opportunities across our region.