Improving safety for young drivers

9 July 2014

Oakey State High School students are on their way to making local roads safer after attending a potentially lifesaving road safety education workshop supported by the New Hope Group.

The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) Program is a one-day event for year 11 students which delivers practical road safety information targeting the attitude and awareness of young drivers and passengers.

RYDA Darling Downs Chairman Allan Rother said it was important to reach out to students who will soon have their provisional driver’s licences.

“Statistics show that young drivers are 30 times more likely to be involved in road trauma when they first start driving on their Ps because they are inexperienced and are more likely to take risks,” he said.

“The RYDA Program includes a number of sessions throughout the day covering a range of topics such as stopping distances, hazard perception, distractions and alcohol, as well as hearing from emergency services representatives, driving instructors and a crash survivor.

“It can be a real eye-opener for many students, and is an important reminder for young people about how one split decision can affect not just your own life, but the people around you.”

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said the company was proud to once again support the RYDA Program.

“We take safety very seriously at the New Acland Coal Mine, and it is important that young drivers and passengers know how to make safe decisions on our roads,” he said.

“New Hope’s sponsorship of the program enabled the Oakey State High School students to attend RYDA and also provided access to qualified driving instructors.

“We hope that by local students attending and participating in the RYDA Program, our roads will become a much safer place for all motorists.”