The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program celebrated 10 years teaching Year 11 students about driving safety, on Tuesday, April 4.
RYDA mover and shaker Neil Simpson said it was a terrific milestone but it was a serious business: “We are dealing with road trauma and death”..
Mr Simpson said RYDA’s mission was to have every year 11 student from the shire’s five high-schools go through the program.
“To make it happen, we need someone at each school to be promoting it: Deon Cafe from Narooma High is great at that.” Mr Simpson said.
He said the course was designed for pre-learner drivers.
“Its an opportunity for them to learn and talk about how they will function as a driver or a passenger,” Mr Simpson said.
“As parents, as adults, we encourage risk-taking in our kids: ‘go on, have a go!’, we say. Put them on the road, it’s quite the opposite.
“This gives them an opportunity to think about risk-taking behavior and develop a driving plan”.
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