Lifesaving road safety lesson for Mossman students

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Karlie Brady

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Police put on speed and stop demonstration to Mossman students. as part of the RYDA road safety program. Video: Karlie Brady.
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Students from Mossman State High School were given another important lesson in road safety put on by the Rotary Club of Mossman and the RYDA Road Safety Education program.

The program, held last week at the Mossman Showgrounds, saw around 65 year 11 students engage in real-life examples and workshops designed to imprint on them the importance of driving responsibly.

Local police volunteered their time for a speed and stop demonstration to clearly show the distance it takes for a car to stop at different speeds.

While a crash investigation workshop gave students an insight into real-life serious road accidents with a survivor of a near-fatal car crash speaking to students about an incident on the Captain Cook Highway in 2004 that left him in an induced coma and wheelchair-bound.

Robert Kessler, President of the Rotary Club of Mossman said the program is designed to make young drivers stop and think before they get behind the wheel.

“It’s to open their eyes,” he said.

“It’s to make them more aware of what is out there on the road, of all the dangers, all the good things, and all the sad things.

“The workshops go through different scenarios. The crash investigators show them what sort of crashes can happen, how they happen, and what to look out for.

“One of the programs is about what happens to those left behind after an accident

“And they teach them a bit about vehicles and how to look after them as well.”

The program is run by volunteers, with RAC subsiding much of the costs for students who are at the age of obtaining their license.

“I want to acknowledge all the volunteers who helped on the day, the Mossman and Port Douglas Driving school provided the car for the demonstration, Temptations Café catered, and Bill Bellero took time off to facilitate along with the many other volunteers; thank you,” Mr Kessler said.


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