Grafton High?s Zac Edwards, 16, gets some final words of encouragement from driver trainer Ian Douglas at the Mountainview driv
Grafton High?s Zac Edwards, 16, gets some final words of encouragement from driver trainer Ian Douglas at the Mountainview driv

Driving home the message

By ANDREW MacDONALD

AGAINST a background of young-driver fatalities and a renewed focus on learnerdriver training, Grafton High School has taken steps to promote responsible driving.

This week more than 30 Year 10 students participated in theoretical and practical workshops, designed to highlight potential dangers for young drivers. On a wet Tuesday morning at the Mountainview Hill Climb course, some of Grafton's youngest drivers were run through defensive driving exercises by Brisbane-based company, Safe Drive Training. Instructor with Safe Drive Training, Ian Douglas, said one of the biggest problems he saw with young drivers was over confidence.

"That, peer pressure and reaction time. Nobody teaches the kids how to deal with those things," he said.

Mr Douglas also said changes should be made to licensing requirements.

"It's ridiculous. We give someone a licence then say 'go play with the trucks'," he said.

Grafton High principal Colin Lang praised Clarence Valley Driving School for running the school-based workshops and said the school had considered introducing driver education for some time.

"Last year we took some of our Year 11 students to Casino for a day. This year we're doing it over two days because there are more students," he said. "Given all of the things that have happened it would almost be irresponsible not to continue this sort of program."



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