May 26, 2017
When police are called out to a road crash, the last thing they want to see is a young person laying dying inside a wrecked car.
Unfortunately, young drivers are often very confident but lack experience, which is a dangerous combination.
Several young drivers, full of potential, have died on South Burnett roads in recent years … a tragedy for their families, friends and for society.
To try to stop these deaths, local police join with Kingaroy Rotary every year to alert Year 11 students to ways to keep safe when they get out on the roads.
Students from Nanango and Murgon State High Schools, and St Mary’s Catholic College, gathered at the Kingaroy TAFE campus on Thursday to work through six RYDA program sessions.
These included real-life scenarios of road trauma, including a special “After The Crash” session where the students came face-to-face with the result of road trauma, meeting paraplegic Darron Shields who suffered a permanent spinal injury in a cycle crash in 2002.
RYDA has been developed by the not-for-profit Road Safety Education group in conjunction with Rotary.
This is the seventh year it has been run in the South Burnett.
Students from Kingaroy State High School will work through the program on Friday.