What Is The Traffic Offender Intervention Program Course About?
The Traffic Offender Intervention Program (TOIP) is a local court based educational program targeting traffic offenders.
The aim of the TOIP is to communicate the consequences of bad driving and poor decisions. Participants are provided with the information and skills necessary to develop safer driving behaviours and positive attitudes towards driving.
The course is usually held over 8 weeks with a 2 hour lecture each week, covering topics such as:
- The legal system
- Substance abuse (alcohol and other drugs)
- Organ donation
- Victims of traffic accidents
- Defensive driving
- Sentencing options
At the completion of the Course, a Certificate is sent to the sentencing Court. The Court can consider whether the ‘offender’ has gained insight into their behaviour, and this can impact on sentencing.
Who attends the TOIP?
The Court will often require a person facing serious driving offences to attend the TOIP. This includes:
- drink driving
- drug driving
- manner dangerous
- speed dangerous
- disqualified driving
- suspended driving
- cancelled driving
- exceed speed by more than 30km/h or more than 45km/h
- dangerous driving causing death or grievous bodily harm
We often recommend that our traffic clients attend the Program.
What are the benefits of attending the TOIP?
The potential benefits of attending the TOIP have been recognised by the Court of Criminal Appeal in the Guideline Judgment for High Range Drink Driving, acknowledging that:
- the course may have educational value;
- there is a degree of humiliation for the people that have to attend the course; and
- the ‘offender’ may be made to appreciate the consequences of their conduct.
Participation in the program will not guarantee that a charge such as High Range Drink Driving will be dismissed under section 10. However it may impact upon the ultimate fine and period of disqualification imposed.