Phoebe Cooper-Jackson and in the background Vivienne Nichols, Edward McGrath, Kerry McMullan, Briony at Grafton High Schools.
Phoebe Cooper-Jackson and in the background Vivienne Nichols, Edward McGrath, Kerry McMullan, Briony at Grafton High Schools.

Road Whyz to help teen drivers

AFTER a year of organising and finding the best program for the young adults of the Clarence Valley, Vivienne Nichols is hopeful the new young-driver education program’s Clarence Valley debut will make a difference to the way young people behave while behind the wheel.

The program is called Road Whyz and was developed in Newcastle.

It is highly reliant on volunteers to share their stories about road incidents.

“Members of the police force and highway patrol, paramedics and a coroner will talk about the road accidents they have seen and how it has affected them,” Vivienne said.

“The program is based on real-life experiences and is designed to be confronting and graphic. All of the speakers are volunteers and have taken time out of their time away from work.

“The support we have received has been encouraging.

“While recent events in Grafton have not particularly influenced us starting Road Whyz, they have definitely reinforced that we need something like this in our community.”

Road Whyz is similar to programs Vivienne has seen while studying how other countries combat road accidents that involve youth.

She spent a lengthy period of time in the United States last year and saw how they used the scare factor to educate and warn their youth of exactly what can happen on the road.

As well as using guest speakers, students who attend will be shown images, video clips and exposed to the full range of emotions that can come from a car accident.

“We are hoping to make Road Whyz a long-term project. We have invited parents of the students for its first run on Tuesday as well so that they know exactly what their kids are learning.”

The program will be shown to all Year 11 and 12 students at Grafton High School and the Year 11 students at South Grafton High School.

Road Whyz will make its Clarence Valley debut on Tuesday, May 18 at 9am.

If you would like to attend or would like more information, contact Vivienne at Grafton High School on 6642 3355.



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