NRMA country business manager Mario Napoli, front centre, presents a $5000 grant to help organisers run a youth driver education program in Grafton schools next year.
NRMA country business manager Mario Napoli, front centre, presents a $5000 grant to help organisers run a youth driver education program in Grafton schools next year. Adam Hourigan

Driver safety program for students

YEAR 11 students in the Grafton area will soon get a reality check into the risks of dangerous driving with the NRMA yesterday awarding a $5000 grant to local organisers of a driver safety program.

The grant was presented at Grafton High School to Vivian Nichols and Joann Foley, organisers of local youth driving programs, by NRMA country business manager Mario Napoli as part of the NRMA’s Community Road Safety Grants.

“Basically, we give away $100,000 to different organisations to try and make the roads a safer place so basically, organisations are invited to submit their ideas on how they would use the money if they were to get it,” Mr Napoli said.

“Vivian here has come up with a good idea; she’s been overseas and studied in a couple of different countries in regards to what they do to encourage safer driving in younger people and she’s going to implement some of these ideas here. We thought that was a good idea so it was one of the applications we accepted.”

Mrs Nichols said she was glad to receive the grant and said it would be used to run Road Whyz, a program developed in the Hunter region aimed at educating young drivers.

“It’ll be for all Year 11 students, as many as we can get,” Mrs Nichols said.

“Basically, it’s reality education from ambulance officers and the police and also from parents who have lost children.”

Mrs Nichols said the program confronted young people with some of the harsh realities of dangerous driving from emergency services workers.

“When teachers talk to them about this stuff it’s all ‘ho-hum, we’ve heard all that before’, but they tend to listen to these guys,” she said.

Mrs Nichols said they were aiming to run the program early next year.



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