Youth safe-driving program back by popular demand in the Riverina

Aiming to reduce youth road accidents

12 February 2018

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Young people in the Riverina will be safer on roads by participating in the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program - a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.

RYDA has been professionally designed to target students in Year 11 & 12 in consultation with road safety experts, professional bodies, government, the educational sector and it includes the latest research.

It's delivered throughout Australia and New Zealand to over 50,000 high school students every year and through approximately 600 schools.

This year will see over 500 students in Leeton participate in the RYDA program and high school students are registered to attend from across the Riverina, including Leeton, Narrandera, Hay, Ardlethan, Ariah Park, Lockhart and Oaklands.

Leeton Road Safety Officer, Steph Puntoriero says the program ensures young people understand the importance of road safety as soon as they begin driving to reduce youth road accidents.

"The program attempts to influence attitudes and behaviours of both drivers and passengers before they get their licence.

"We are very excited to be offering the program to local students and there has been increased interest from other areas of the Riverina with students travelling several hours to attend our well organised event. Support we have received from the schools and the local communities has been phenomenal," said Mrs Puntoriero.

The event is organised and supported by the Rotary Clubs of Leeton and Leeton Central, with significant assistance from Leeton Shire Council, NSW Police and NSW Highway Patrol.

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