Program teaches young people to be better drivers

Accident Memorial for NEWS  The scene of a fatal accident on Industrial Road, Mayfield, corner of Crebert St,  involving a 17 year old P-Plate driver on the 20th of April.  April 21st 2009  NCH NEWS, PIC KITTY HILL SPECIAL 000000

Accident Memorial for NEWS The scene of a fatal accident on Industrial Road, Mayfield, corner of Crebert St, involving a 17 year old P-Plate driver on the 20th of April. April 21st 2009 NCH NEWS, PIC KITTY HILL SPECIAL 000000

MITCHELL High School in Blacktown is sending 100 of its licence-age students to a free safer driver program on June 18.

Organisers of the Gen D: Tomorrow's Safer Driver initiative hope other schools — and parents — will do the same.

Australian Schools Industry Partnership's representative Dianne Mills said the program teaches young drivers why it's crucial to do 120 hours of driver training in 12 months.

She said the Aussip program employs an interactive stage play format to engage, entertain and inform about road safety.

Another non-profit group, Youthsafe, will present the June 18 program in conjunction with a youth liaison officer from The Hills local area command at Event Cinemas Castle Hill.

"We're trying to reduce the incidence of youth motor vehicle accidents," Ms Mills said.

She said worldwide road trauma was the highest cause of death and injury among people aged 15 to 29, killing 100 a year in NSW and injuring a further 5000.

Less than 1 per cent of every 100,000 L-platers are in a road accident.

"But when they go on their red Ps [provisional P1 licence] that figure sky-rockets."

Studies show young drivers are at greatest risk of crashing in their first six months of independent driving.

She said students were entitled to a free driving lesson through the government.

"Parents are encouraged to go in the car in that lesson to learn what their child is learning and the correct techniques."

She said Aussip hope to expand this program into the Blacktown local government area soon.

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