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Rotary celebrate 10 years of educating the next generation of road users
635 lives have been lost on Australian roads in the first six months of 2019, 77 more than for the same period last year - And for every life lost, another 30 are forever changed due to serious injuries.
Of serious concern is the continuing over representation of young people in the 17-25 age group in road crash statistics, with 226 young lives being lost on our roads in 2018.
Road safety authorities have implemented a range of initiatives including increased restrictions and minimum log book hours which has seen a significant reduction in the youth road toll over the last decade. However, with the 17 – 25 year age group still overrepresented in road deaths, communities are realising that more needs to be done to protect our vulnerable road users, helping to keep everyone safe on the roads, not just those within the car.
Recognising that education is a critical element in reducing road trauma, especially for young drivers and their passengers, the Rotary Club of Maryborough City, together with the Rotary Clubs of Maryborough Sunrise, Hervey Bay Sunrise and Hervey Bay City, are continuing their partnership with industry leader, Road Safety Education Limited (RSE) and are once again bringing the award winning youth road safety program RYDA to the community.
Held locally RYDA has been embedded in the local community for ten years – a truly amazing effort. In this time over 3,700 students have had the opportunity to receive the life saving messages of the RYDA program.
RSE, a national not for profit organisation, is the provider of the RYDA program which runs at around 90 venues across Australia and New Zealand, and has seen over half a million students attend the program to date.
“RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops for high school students that challenge students to change the way they think about road safety and lay the foundation for safe road use throughout their lives”, said Greg Rappo, RSE Program Director.
“RYDA focuses on building and increasing social competency and resilience and motivating low-risk behaviour. Trained facilitators work with students to develop and practice personalised strategies which will help them respond positively to challenges on the road, both as drivers and highly influential passengers.” Mr Rappo continued, “This education doesn’t come from driving lessons, or the school classroom”.
This initiative is supported by funding from the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grants scheme and corporate partners, BOC, Toyota Australia, Bridgestone, MTAA Super and Boral Limited as well as community partner, Rotary.
Lloyd Maddern, RYDA Co-ordinator in Maryborough says, “One of the great things about RYDA is that with the support of local Rotary Clubs, it can be run in all communities, by local road safety and education professionals, including the police”.
“Youth Road Trauma is a community problem that needs a whole of community response.” he said, “Our local rotary club and RSE are in a unique position to bring together all the essential elements to provide an effective and highly successful road safety education program for young people.”
The RYDA program for 2019 runs in Maryborough from 5th – 9th August. Opportunities for media will be available at 10 am – August 8th.
Further information can be found at www.rse.org.au
Key Facts and Figures
Media opportunity available on Thursday, 8th August from 10 am.
Program is held at Maryborough Showgrounds - Bruce Highway, Maryborough West.
Road Safety Education Limited, a national not for profit organisation is committed to reducing trauma on our roads by educating young people in senior high school, through its flagship program RYDA.
Maryborough RYDA Coordinator - Lloyd Maddern - 0429 796 713
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