Driver awareness program promotes life's choices

Just 10 kilometres faster, the result on a crash dummy in the stopping demonstration

One hundred and ninety  Year 11 students from Beerwah State High School, Glasshouse Country Christian College and Caloundra City Private School will be safer on the roads after participating in the largest national road safety education program for young people in Australia at Corbould Park on Tuesday 23rd October 2012.
John Kemp, President of the Glasshouse Mountains Rotary Club said in his welcoming address to students “Today you will hear a lot about choices and the power you have to choose and enjoy all the benefits that driving brings. You will also hear about the consequences of poor choices and their life-long impact.”
They heard an inspirational story from Josh about the motor cycle accident that has now confined him to a wheel chair and the life-long changes that he and his family must now live with. The impact of driving just 10 kilometres faster was clearly demonstrated on a crash dummy in the stopping distance demonstration. (see photo)
This is the 4th year and the 15th one day program that has been presented to Caloundra district students. 20 volunteer members of Rotary clubs as well as professional presenters have helped increase the awareness of the dangers and responsibilities inherent in driving motor vehicles so that these new drivers can make good choices in the future.
“Rotary thanks local sponsors Coates hire, Cooroy Mountain Spring water, Glasshouse Country Coaches, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and in particular Cr Rick Baberowski and Cr Steve Robinson for their attendance today and for helping make pre-driver education available. It is a critical step towards making young drivers safer behind the wheel.” said RYDA Schools Coordinator Neville Woodforth