Students learn skills to drive safely – The Gisborne Herald
Posted on June 02, 2021 at 12:56 p.m.
Over 200 students from Tairawhiti have been oriented towards safe driving practices through the RYDA Road Safety Education Program.
Ryda is a road safety course for young people aged 16 to 17.
The six-session program teaches students the skills to be safe on the road and how to react when conditions change.
The Tairawhiti program took place in the parking lot of House of Breakthrough.
Students watched a driver training professional McInnes demonstrate what happens when someone applies the brakes at high speed.
The students also split into small groups for workshops.
“It’s about teaching young drivers to make smart decisions,” said Jo Graham, career director at Gisborne Girls High School.
“Getting behind the wheel as a young driver or being a passenger with a novice driver is considered one of the most dangerous things a person can do,” said Natalie Alabaster, Road Safety Education Program Coordinator .
“Male drivers in the 15-19 age group are about eight times more likely to be in an accident than male drivers in the lowest risk age group 55 to 59 years old.
“Female drivers aged 15 to 19 are about six times more likely to have an accident than female drivers in the low risk age group 45 to 49.
Each year, crashes in which drivers aged 15 to 24 are primarily responsible have a total social cost of around $ 1 billion, Ms. Alabaster said.
“This represents 25% of the social cost associated with all accidents with injuries. “
That’s why programs like this were essential, she said.
“Enabling young people to participate in Ryda is an essential tool to help reduce these statistics, which have a ripple effect on all parts of our community and give these students good strategies and habits at the start of their car journey. .
“When students come to Ryda, they often come home and share some of what they have learned with their whanau, so the benefits extend beyond those who were at the workshop as well. “
Students from Gisborne Girls’ High School, Matapuna Training Center and Ngata Memorial College in Ruatoria attended the class.
• Road Safety Education is a national charity funded by national businesses and locally supported by the Rotary Club of Gisborne, Tairawhiti Trust, Eastern and Central Community Trust and Gisborne District Council.
SPEED KILLED: Driver trainer Jo Leeper demonstrated the dangers that high-speed cars can pose, as part of a safe driving course. The students were surprised how long it takes to stop when braking at 60 km / h. Here, the mannequin flies away with the impact. Images by Liam Clayton
Safety in the car: Jazmin Luafalealo, a 13th grade student in secondary school for girls, learns to check the tread of a tire, under the watchful eye of road safety education facilitator Graeme Newman (left), high school girl student Joanne Maynard and driving coach Jo Leeper.