Programme gets a test drive

From left, Southern Steel defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, Road Safety Southland adviser Maureen Deuchrass, Southland Sharks basketballer James Hunter, Southern Steel defender Abby Erwood and Road Safety Education Ltd facilitator Jay Williams help out at the road safety education programme at ILT Stadium Southland.

A ROAD safety education programme for young drivers, which is to be rolled out across Southland, was test driven at ILT Stadium Southland on May 16 and 17.

Road Safety Southland adviser Maureen Deuchrass said the programme was not a driving course, but “about attitude and awareness, providing young road users with the knowledge and skills to make smart decisions and stay safe on the road”.

Road Safety Education Ltd facilitators Graeme Newman (driving) and Mike Clarke demonstrate a vehicle’s stopping distance at 60kmh.

Senior pupils from Southland Boys’ High School and James Hargest College attended the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness educational event, mentored by Southland Sharks and Southern Steel stars while learning about road safety.

More than 50,000 pupils had completed the programme in New Zealand, but this was the first time the programme had been used in Southland, Mrs

New Zealand programme manager Maria Lovelock said it cost between $5000 and $6000 a day to run the programme and she was impressed with the number of volunteers who helped. Mrs Lovelock was also grateful to The Warehouse Invercargill and the Invercargill Licensing Trust Foundation for helping to fund the event.

The programme, inspired by New Zealand and Australian Rotary clubs, is being delivered by Road Safety Education Ltd (a not-for-profit organisation committed to reducing harm on the roads) in partnership with New Zealand Police and Road Safety Southland.

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