Improving driver awareness
MORE than 120 Year 11 students from Proserpine and Collinsville State High Schools participated in Rotary Airlie Beach’s Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program last Thursday at the PCYC.
It was the first year students from Collinsville had participated in the program and the third year for students from Proserpine State High School.
Starting in Sydney 10 years ago, the RYDA program is a road safety education program aimed at minimising injury and preventing deaths when young people get behind the wheel.
Rotary Club of Airlie Beach member Ian ‘Stack’ Hudson said year 11 students were chosen to participate in the program as it was at this age they were starting to apply for or obtain their learner driver licences.
"We’re trying to get in before they have bad behaviour when they drive," he said.
"Today is not about improving the students driver skills, it’s about behaviour, awareness, attitude and responsibilities of drivers and passengers which is most important."
Proserpine State High School year 11 co-ordinator Beau Vetsich said the extra-curricular program struck a cord with the students who participated in the program last year.
"It’s really worth bringing the students down here as it’s all really practical stuff," he said.
"All students take part in follow-up by taking away real life experiences outside of the school yard."