Proceeds of Crime Act Helps Fund Road Safety Initiatives

South Australia ( April 21, 2011

Proceeds of Crime Act Helps Fund Road Safety Initiatives

Proceeds of Crime Act Helps Fund Road Safety Initiatives

Minister for Justice Brendan O’Connor today announced more than $63,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act fund to help cut the road toll on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

“I was saddened to hear that a NSW woman died in a fatal road crash at Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island just last week, involving a young French driver,” Mr O’Connor said.

“My heart goes out to the victim’s friends and family and all those on Kangaroo Island who’ve lost their loved ones on the roads, especially as we approach the Easter break.”

“I understand that last week’s fatal crash was the second on the island since October. That’s a blow to a community of a little over 4,200 people. We’re keen to do what we can to improve things,” Mr O’Connor said.

The Living Within the Law on Kangaroo Island project educates people aged 16 to 22 who’ve committed a driving offence. It includes:

•  virtual reality driver awareness training for 25 young offenders or young people at risk of committing road-related crimes and

•  advocacy and support services for young offenders attending court and requiring legal aid on Kangaroo Island.

“Road safety education is a cornerstone for any young person’s development into adulthood. The things we learn about good behaviour on the roads stay with us for life – and can save our lives.”

“I commend Finding Workable Solutions for the effort it is investing in teaching young people the skills they need for a happy and healthy life with this program.

“I’m glad that the Gillard Government is playing its role in ensuring this good work is done through funding this important project with a Proceeds of Crime Act grant.”

The Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) enables money from assets of crime confiscated under Commonwealth law to be returned to the community.

In 2010, the Gillard Government provided more than $10 million of Proceeds of Crime Act funding for crime prevention projects helping young people, seniors and victims of violent crime across Australia.

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