Education key to stopping road toll these holidays

AS the NSW school holidays get under way Road Safety Education has welcomed the start of NSW Police's latest campaign to combat the rising road toll.

The operation commenced Friday and will continue through to Thursday, April 21.

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Road Safety Education CEO Terry Birss said the school holidays can be a dangerous time on the roads, especially for teenage drivers hitting the road on their own for the first time.

Mr Birss said Road Safety Education's RYDA program aims to challenge the way young people think about road safety by targeting high school students as they prepare to get behind the wheel.

"It's very hard to change an attitude or bad habit that is well developed late in a person's driving career," Mr Birss said.

"The RYDA program seeks to reach young people at a stage where they are just starting to drive or are passengers of young drivers. By getting in early, we can help them form good habits."

Mr Birss said there has been a 47% reduction in road deaths for drivers aged between 17 and 24 since the RYDA program began 10 years ago.



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