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Police Want Young Drivers To Stay Safe

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Senior Constable Jade Miller, from the Kingaroy Road Policing Unit, and Acting Sergeant Chris Watson, from the Gympie Road Policing Unit

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.

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Murgon State High School students Hayley Flint, Kate Reynolds, Tita Fatui and Chelsea Burgess

Col Rogerson, from South Burnett Motorcycle Rider Training, with St Mary's Catholic College students James Brimblecombe and Harry Bredhauer ... Col took sessions on "Hazards, Distractions and Risks"

RYDA organiser Jeff Castledine, from Kingaroy Rotary, with Rotary Youth facilitator Shayne Ralph ... Shayne took the session "The 'I' In Drive", a personality test for your drivers

Nanango State High School students Evie Woollard and May Gullen

Kingaroy SES volunteers were on hand to block off traffic in Geritz Road for the braking demonstrations by police ... from left, Joe Hafemeister and John Kefford

An unmarked police car, driven by Senior Constable Jade Miller, hits the brakes on Geritz Road during the stopping distance demonstration

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