TOIP COURSE FACTS

SESSION OUTLINES

Each session introduces different components of the TOIP program and all components must be completed to pass.
Each session also covers the Program Ground Rules and outlines the various procedures surrounding delivery of the TOIP program.

THE POLICE FORCE

This session aims to increase awareness of the responsibilities and obligations that rest with the holder of a NSW Drivers Licence. The session will look at the major factors associated with road crashes and the enforcement strategies employed by NSW Police and the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to assist with the mitigation of road trauma.

THE ACCIDENT SCENE

This session will look at the effects of road trauma on the human body and the effects on those that are required to treat casualties at the incident scene. The focus of the session is to educate participants on the forces involved in a road crash and how they affect the human body, what to do in the event of a crash and how you can assist casualties in the event of a road trauma incident.

ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS

This session aims to educate participants on the dangers and effects of alcohol and other drugs on the human body. It aims to reinforce to participants the dangers of the alcohol or drug affected driver and the social and economic cost to individuals and the community of alcohol and drug use

CRASH CONSEQUENCES

This session encourages participants to reflect on the possible outcomes of a motor vehicle, pedestrian or motorcycle incident including death or serious injury. Every year hundreds of Australians, mainly young people, become casualties as a result of road trauma. Many of these incidents could have been prevented.

THE LEGAL SYSTEM

This session aims to focus on the Australian Road Rules including serious traffic offences and the consequences for drivers charged with offences under the Act. The session also includes discussion on the laws in relation to sentencing and driver responsibilities, the court process and how the court arrives at the penalties for the various traffic offences.

DRIVING FACTS

The Driving Facts session educates and informs participants on road incident statistics, common driving errors and risk factors displayed by drivers. This session includes the elements of low risk driving regardless of the actions of other road users or unfavourable conditions. The session also examines the legal position on car modifications, explains basic car maintenance and examines the safety features of modern vehicles.

VICTIMS OF ROAD TRAUMA

This session aims to introduce participants to relatives and friends of victims of road trauma who have been severely injured or killed as a result of crash.

FINAL REFLECTION SESSION

This self-paced session encourages participants to reflect on the TOIP program and what they have learnt from the sessions.

 

THE PRESENTERS

HIGHWAY PATROL POLICE

Discuss illegal driving statistics, experiences attained through highway patrol and the consequences of illegal driving (including penalties).

AMBULANCE OFFICERS

Discuss their experiences of road trauma and the injuries inflicted by motor vehicles.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG EXPERTS

Present information about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on driving. Participants are often referred to the TOIP program because they have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

A PERSON LIVING WITH A PHYSICAL OR ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY

As a result of a road traffic incident. These presenters provide an insight on the effects of living with their disability and how road trauma has affected their and their family’s lives.

LOCAL LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES

Discuss court procedures, relevant legislation, potential penalties and the consequences of repeat offending.

A ROAD SAFETY PROFESSIONAL

Who discusses the road safety issues and the facts and figures associated with road trauma and road traffic incidents. This professional will also discuss low risk driving strategies and the roadworthiness of vehicle that use our roads.

VICTIMS GROUPS

Discuss the impact of losing a relative through road trauma. These presenters provide insight into the ongoing consequences for families and friends of victims who have suffered physical and emotional injuries or death and loss through road crashes.

 

Drink Driving Facts

Drink driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life. Of the drink drivers who are killed, 97 per cent are men and 64 per cent are under the age of 40.

You don’t have to be drunk to be affected by alcohol. You might feel normal, but no one drives well after drinking alcohol.

Novice drivers with any level of alcohol in their blood are at a much higher risk of crashing. This is why Learner and Provisional licence holders are restricted to a zero alcohol limit.

Getting back to zero (sobering up), takes a long time. No amount of coffee, food, physical activity or sleep will speed up the process. There is no formula for this process as it relies on many physical factors.

In NSW, Police have the power to:

  • Stop drivers at random to test for alcohol
  • Arrest drivers who have an illegal BAC level
  • Arrest drivers they believe are impaired by drugs including alcohol, and conduct a blood and urine test
  • Require a driver to undergo a sobriety test in certain circumstances

Since the introduction of Random Breath Test (RBT) in 1982, fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped from around 40 per cent of all fatalities to the current level of 19 per cent.
Last year police conducted more than 4.5 million breath tests in NSW.

SPEEDING FACTS

Speeding is the biggest killer on NSW roads with speed being a factor in about 40% of all fatalities. Each year around 700,000 speeding offences are recorded across NSW.

Speed related crashes in NSW are predominantly a male problem. Of all drivers involved in fatal speed-related crashes:

  • 82% were male
  • 40% were males under 30
  • 26% were males aged 30-49

Speeding increases your chance of having a crash, as well as increasing the risk of serious injury or death if you do crash.

For pedestrians, the risks are even greater. A person hit by a car travelling at 40km/h has a 25% chance of being killed. Increase the speed to 60km/h and the crash becomes barely survivable, with the pedestrian having an 85% chance of being killed.

FATIGUE FACTS

Driver fatigue is a major contributor to the road toll (after speeding and drink driving). Fatigue accounts for around 15% of all road deaths in NSW. Driver fatigue is particularly dangerous as it affects everyone, no matter how experienced a driver you are.

Research has shown fatigue can be as dangerous as speeding or drink driving. For example, getting behind the wheel after 17 hours without sleep has the same effect on a person’s driving as having a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.05%^.


SEAT BELT FACTS

Seat belts save lives. Since the introduction of seatbelts in NSW in 1971 there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of motor vehicle occupants killed and injured each year.

The non-use of seatbelts remains one of the four behavioural factors associated with road trauma and the non-use of seatbelts is also a major cause of injury and death amongst Aboriginal people in NSW.*

 

DISTRACTION FACTS - MOBILE PHONES

Driving whilst using a mobile phone can cause both physical and cognitive distraction and it doesn’t matter whether it is hand-held or ‘hands free’.

Specifically, using a mobile phone whilst driving can:

  • Increase your reaction time by between 20 and 60%
  • Significantly impair a driver’s visual search patterns, ability to maintain speed and position on the road and ability to be aware of other traffic and to judge safe gaps

Mobile phones demand some of the concentration needed for driving. When two things require equal concentration; one will suffer. When the two things are driving and talking on a mobile phone, its inevitably the driving that suffers.

Run off the road and rear end crashes are the most common types of crashes associated with mobile phone use.

 

INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

On enrolment, participants must pay a non-refundable fee of $160.

Our Refund Policy:

A refund of the program fees will only occur where a participant withdraws directly after enrolment and prior to the commencement of the first session of the program. If the participant has commenced, fails to complete or is expelled from the program then no refund will be issued.

THE TOIP WORKBOOK

A TOIP Workbook will be issued to each participant.

There is a $25.00 replacement fee is charged if the Workbook is lost or damaged.

GROUND RULES FOR BEHAVIOUR

All participants must display an acceptable standard of behaviour while attending the TOIP program. They must not:

  • Display anti-social behaviour (including swearing, arguing with presenters or listening to music)
  • Use a mobile phone, or any function of that phone during the sessions
  • Smoke on PCYC premises or
  • Consume alcohol or illicit drugs prior to attendance

All participants must take part in each session, behave in a courteous and respectful manner, arrive 15 minutes before the start of the session, comply with the non-consumption or alcohol rule (consent must be given to random breath-testing) and must complete make-up sessions where required.

 

HOW PARTICIPANTS ARE ASSESSED

Participants must:

  • Complete the introduction to TOIP- a self-paced exercise
  • Attend all six face-to-face sessions
  • Satisfactorily complete an assessment task after each session
  • Complete a final reflection exercise on what they have gained from the TOIP program

All core face-to-face sessions must be attended and all Assessment Tasks must be completed to successfully complete the TOIP program.

Participants who have been referred by the Court to the TOIP program will be issued with a Court Report on successful completion of the TOIP program.

 

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