Traffic Education and Your Traffic Matter
What is the traffic offenders program?
The law states that when there is evidence that a traffic offender has undertaken a traffic education program that shows they are unlikely to reoffend, this may be taken into account at sentencing by reducing the period of disqualification and/or the fine.
Our solicitors can recommend traffic offender programs that are respected by the Courts. This will help your case by proving to the Court that you have understood the serious consequences of traffic offending and are remorseful about your behaviour.
It helps demonstrate you have developed driving skills as well as a positive and responsible attitude towards driving.
Our solicitors will register you into the appropriate traffic offenders program free of charge. We can advise you where the closest and earliest starting program is.
TOIP is not available or suitable for everyone. According to the New South Wales Local Court, The TOIP is “available to offenders charged under the road transport legislation under the Road Transport Act 2005” and only applies to cases involving summary offences. However, Judges and Magistrates are increasingly open to the benefits of the Traffic Offenders Program for a variety of traffic related court matters, including licence appeals and drug driving cases.
Offenders may choose a course provider (the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) maintains a list of them).
In some circumstances, Magistrates may finalise the case prior to completion of the program, on the undertaking by the defendant that he/she will complete the program in the following weeks.
What does the traffic offenders program involve?
There has now been the introduction of the “One Day Traffic Offender’s Program”, which is a condensed form of the 6-8 week course.
In NSW we recommend the Traffic Offender Intervention Program organised by the PCYC. This program is regulated under NSW law and is respected by the Courts. It is offered throughout the state and involves attending sessions over 6 to 8 weeks.
The following topics are included in the course:
- Police Highway Patrol
- The Accident Scene
- Ambulance & Emergency Service Perspective
- Drugs & Alcohol Accidents Outcomes
- Legal System
- Dangerous Behaviours
- Roads & Vehicle;
- Understanding the Victims Perspective/li>
The Benefits of Traffic Offender Intervention Program
TOIP provides a practical alternative for adjudicating traffic offences while rehabilitating the offenders. Ideally, successful completion of a TOIP course makes the roads safer for everyone. A large part of the process is giving offenders a better appreciation of how reckless driving affects all drivers. An added benefit is the availability of a one-day format. TOIP guidelines suggest courses include up to 10 sessions, with each running between 60 and 120 minutes. Normally that might stretch out the course over several weeks. A one-day course means less of an impact on work and personal schedules.
TOIP and Section 10
In traffic cases, completing a TOIP course is usually the necessary step in keeping a driving offence off a permanent record. A clean record with no convictions means fewer complications with future traveling, job seeking and other matters.
How to find the closest PCYC and enrol?
You can speak to one of our solicitors who can help you make these arrangements, or call the PCYC on 9625 9111.[jcol/]
How much will it cost?
The program currently costs $145.00.