Road safety driven home to Central Highlands students

  A road safety program targeted at senior students has revealed startling statistics about the risks teenage drivers take on Queensland roads.   RACQ's Docudrama program was delivered to more than 700 Central Highlands senior students this year, and discovered more than 60 percent had willingly gotten into a car with a suspected drink driver.   RACQ Senior Education Officer Julie Smith said the program was designed to create awareness of the Fatal Five - speeding, drink driving, fatigue, distraction and not wearing a seatbelt.   "It is important Learner and P-Plate drivers are aware of how their actions behind the wheel, such as drink driving, can impact others, and how a bad decision can put the lives of their passengers and other road users at risk," Ms Smith said.   "We want to empower students so they take control of their safety on the road. One death is one too many and our key message is there is always something in your control when it comes to road safety."   Ms Smith said as part of the program, students witnessed a dramatised crash scene, which could be quite confronting, followed by a debrief examining the choices made by young drivers.   "We discuss the students' choices with their peers and provide practical strategies about what they can do to avoid being involved in a car crash," she said.   "The program gives every teenager a voice and a way to have conversations about real-life scenarios and how to cope, which they may not have had before."   RACQ Docudrama was presented to 37 schools from across Queensland, more than doubling the original goal of 18 schools for 2014.

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