Lara Hickling is the Director of the Award-Winning Queensland Traffic Offenders Program (QTOP) and the Australian Traffic Offenders Program (ATOP), Court diversion road safety education programs, and recently won the Gold Coast Women in Business Award for Innovation and Technology.
Hickling has been the coordinator for more than 13 and a half years, and has coordinated and enrolled well over 10,000 participants. The course educated participants on the consequences of drink driving, drug driving, unlicensed, hooning, evading police, and covers all traffic offences. In November 2017, Hickling developed the only Online Traffic Offenders Program will full facial recognition. Since the development, the program now has participants enrolling from all over Australian. In 2018, Hickling was awarded the Australian Road Safety Award in Melbourne for developing the innovative Online Traffic Offenders Program, “I was extremely honoured to receive this Award and be selected from all the road safety programs around Australia,” she said.
QTOP/ATOP positively contributes to road safety goals, aimed at lowering the road toll and the number of speeding drivers, those using drugs of alcohol, and the number of repeat offenders. QTOP/ATOP is designed to specifically target offenders of the potentially tragic consequences of their actions and looks at addressing the reasons for their behaviour. “I deal daily with with drivers who are responsible for car crashes. I witness firsthand the trauma associated not only to the drivers but victims, families, and emergency personal. My role also entails dealing with offenders who are facing imprisonment for the choices they have made while driving,” she said, “Road safety is a community issue, one life lost is too many”.
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