David Hinton hopes schools will take up the offer of a driver awareness program.
David Hinton hopes schools will take up the offer of a driver awareness program.

Safety program goes by wayside

WITHIN four days the Fraser Coast has seen carnage on our roads tearing families apart and putting lives on hold.

On Monday a woman, 29, was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital with multiple head and chest injuries after a fiery pile-up involving four cars and a B-double truck south of Childers.

Two days before, 21-year-old Rodney Walker was killed when the car in which he was a passenger smashed into a tree at Tinana.

Last Friday another 21-year-old man suffered horrific foot and suspected internal injuries after his motorbike ploughed through a wire fence at Granville.

But the despite the growing statistics, Fraser Coast schools are failing to do their bit to help put an end to our road toll.

Not one school has responded to an offer by Hervey Bay Sunrise Rotary Club to take part in a Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program. A few months ago club member David Hinton wrote to every local high school inviting them to take part in the program next year: “Disappointingly I have not had one response to date. We had arranged the program to be held in May this year but unfortunately the school pulled out at the last minute.”

Mr Hinton has been trying for more than a year to organise a driver safety course for Hervey Bay Year 11 students before they get a licence.

Not-for-profit company RYDA has been successfully running for several years through Rotary Clubs around Australia, Mr Hinton said, and close to 100,000 students nationwide have taken part.

“Given the recent publicity regarding tragic traffic accidents I believe this program could play an important part in better equipping our youth to be responsible drivers,” Mr Hinton said.

The course is one day and would most likely run at Maryborough Park. Students would be passengers in a car driven by a professional instructor showing them cars’ stopping capabilities at different speeds. There would also be presentations from experts including police officers, drug counsellors and survivors of serious car accidents.

Parents or schools interested in the program can call Mr Hinton on 4122 1500 or check out www.ryda.org.au.



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