Grafton Lions Club president, Bernie Barron, at the ?Mad Mile?, Swan Creek.
Grafton Lions Club president, Bernie Barron, at the ?Mad Mile?, Swan Creek.

A drive for safer roads

By EMMA CORNFORD

YOUNG drivers will be the focus of defensive driving courses on the Old Ulmarra Road on May 21 and 22.

The course, being run by Clarence Valley Lions clubs, is open to anyone with a licence, including learners and experienced drivers.

Wooli Lions club president Bruce Bird said the course was started by another club after three young drivers were killed in the area, prompting members to get together to see what they could do.

"The idea is to save lives and also educate people," he said.

"It's targeting not only young drivers, but they're the most susceptible to accidents."

Mr Bird said the day-long courses would include a blend of theoretical and practical sessions and aimed to promote awareness, good driver attitudes and safe driving distances.

"This will be the first lot and the money we raise from them we'll use for further courses we hope to run in the future," Mr Bird said.

The course costs $50 per person, which includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch, and both days are limited to 16 participants.

To book a place, contact Lions members John Kelleher on 6642 4838, Laurie Fitzpatrick 6645 3599, Barrie DeBomford on 6646 3060 or Bruce Bird on 6649 7540.



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