DRIVE SAFE: Maryborough’s three Rotary clubs throw their support behind the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign, Bill Christensen, Jim Kirk, Mal Harris and Stephen Best.
DRIVE SAFE: Maryborough’s three Rotary clubs throw their support behind the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign, Bill Christensen, Jim Kirk, Mal Harris and Stephen Best. Jocelyn Watts

Rotary clubs supporting safety

MARYBOROUGH’S three Rotary clubs have thrown their weight behind the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s Drive to Stay Alive campaign in the hopes of reducing the number of fatalities on our roads.

The three club presidents committed this week to spreading the word about the campaign and encouraging their members to sign up to the Ten Commitments of safe driving.

“We’ve been very concerned about the accident mortality rate, particularly amongst youth,” Rotary Club of Maryborough City president Bill Christensen said.

“We’re prepared to back the Chronicle with this campaign.”

Road safety is an issue Rotary Club members feel strongly about.

Clubs across Queensland have organised driver education sessions for thousands of Year 11 high school students.

The Combined Rotary Clubs of Maryborough are pushing to have the RYDA – Rotary Youth Driver Awareness – program introduced in Maryborough’s high schools.

The course involves six interactive sessions teaching the students about topics such as hazard perception, stopping distances, safe celebrating and fatigue.

It aims to change attitudes amongst young drivers who are learning to drive.

“We’ve contacted the principals of all the high schools in town and are waiting for their replies,” Rotary Club of Maryborough president Jim Kirk said.



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