YEAR 11 students from the Bega Valley, the Monaro and Mallacoota took part in a Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program at the Frogs Hollow Go Cart Track last Monday and Tuesday.
Over six sessions the students were given an insight into the responsibilities associated with owning and maintaining a motor vehicle and the risk of irresponsible road use.
The students learnt the impact of differing speeds and vehicle traction on the length of time to stop a vehicle and this was a favourite session for many students.
“I was really surprised at the reaction times,” Sallee Berry said.
Hazard perception was an interactive discussion to familiarise students with the most common crashes involving young people and they also listened to personal stories of road crash survivors.
“Hearing these stories and realizing that it is not only the drivers but the passengers that get hurt makes you aware of how careful you’ve got to be when driving,” Matt Lucas said.
The police showed a video of Sarah celebrating her 18th birthday and follows her from the scene where she is killed in an accident involving alcohol and excessive speed.
After the video the police had an open discussion with students about common offences incurred by young people.
Safe celebration and fatigue was another session covering interactive discussion about the effects of drugs, alcohol and tiredness.
As one student put it the session on “not buying a lemon” was very helpful giving young drives essential information on their rights and responsibilities in order that they make informed decisions when purchasing and maintaining a vehicle.
The program was conducted by the Bega Rotary Club.