Gabi Cherry, Michelle Faint and Fiona Willett at the Roadcraft training centre in Gympie.
Gabi Cherry, Michelle Faint and Fiona Willett at the Roadcraft training centre in Gympie.

Year 12s do defensive driving course

LAST year Maryborough State High School lost two of its young male graduates in car crashes.

In the wake of those fatal accidents, Maryborough High’s P&C decided to take action to help young drivers stay safe on the roads.

A group of 24 Year 12 students spent two days learning defensive driving techniques at Gympie’s Roadcraft training centre.

The response from the students and their parents was so positive that the P&C plans to make it an annual event.

School principal Allan Evans yesterday expressed his support for the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign, in which residents are asked to commit to 10 steps of safe driving.

He said driver education was a vital part of preparing students for adult life.

“It’s something we address with our senior students as they get ready to leave school,” he said.

“The P&C saw this as an avenue to do something active with the students and we commend them for that.”

Student Gabi Cherry said the course taught her techniques that would make her a better and safer driver.

“The course was a good mix of practical and theory and I would highly recommend it to all drivers, especially young drivers,” she said.

Michelle Faint also participated and said every L or P plate driver should do the course.

“It truly opened my eyes to the dangers of driving and made me realise the responsibility and focus that driving requires,” she said.

“Since the course I have become more aware of my surroundings and believe I would be more capable in an emergency situation.”



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