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Road safety educator calls for increased vigilance on South Australian roads this long weekend
Australia’s largest youth road safety educator, is sending a timely reminder to keep road safety front of mind when travelling this October long weekend. They are asking drivers and passengers to commit to giving the road their full attention to keep themselves and others safe by taking some simple, but essential road safety actions.
With 770 lives already lost on Australian roads in the first eight months of 2018, and with the coming long weekend signalling the start of of school holidays in South Australia, more drivers will be out and about on the state’s roads.
Road Safety Education Limited (RSE), provider of the RYDA program would like to remind drivers that it’s not only their cars that have to be in top shape for holiday driving, they as a driver also have to be in peak condition - this means having enough sleep before setting off, taking regular breaks on long journeys, wearing your seat belt and minimising distractions within the car.
RSE Program Director, Greg Rappo says “Speeding is unquestionably recognised as a major contributing factor to the number and severity of traffic crashes. When a vehicle’s speed increases, it impacts on the drivers reaction time to a hazard and the distance the vehicle requires to stop.”
“The average time it takes for most alert and attentive drivers to react to a risky situation on the road is 1.5 seconds.”
“A fatigued or distracted driver may take as long as three critical seconds to react, at 60 km / hour this is the equivalent of travelling blind for approximately 50 metres” said Mr Rappo.
"We want everyone to enjoy the long weekend, but more importantly we want them to journey safely. 2017 saw a reduction in road deaths on Australian roads, but 1,224 lives lost is simply unacceptable. A few simple precautions on the road will keep the driver and their passengers safe”
RSE’s RYDA program, 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.
RYDA teaches drivers how to manage distractions, give them an understanding and acceptance of the rules of the road and the laws of physics. It helps them to plan their journey and gives them strategies to avoid risk. It teaches passengers how to contribute positively to the car’s environment and speak up if they are uncomfortable.
RYDA is made possible through the strong support of corporate partners, BOC, Toyota Australia, Bridgestone, and MTAA Super as well as community partner, Rotary.
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.
Jane Ward - RSE - 0407 161 789
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