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Students monitor motorist habits

North Bundaberg High’s Larissa Hill, Constable Ryan Thompson and Senior Constable Danielle Loftus discuss the new "Road Safety" project.
North Bundaberg High’s Larissa Hill, Constable Ryan Thompson and Senior Constable Danielle Loftus discuss the new "Road Safety" project.

A WARNING to all Bundaberg motorists - your driving will be under scrutiny from more than 250 students in the passenger seat as part of a driver safety program to begin in July.

A Bundaberg police initiative, the Road Safety - Bundaberg Leads the Way program has just been granted funding and will be trialled with North Bundaberg High School students and young people enrolled in programs at Impact Make Your Mark.

Senior Constable Danielle Loftus said the program was a community partnership involving 11 Bundaberg driving schools.

"It will involve approximately 275 youth as passenger road safety observers, who will receive guidance and instruction from police and community representatives in road safety awareness, understanding and adherence to road rules," she said.

Snr Const Loftus said the driving schools would take the students on pre-determined routes across the city, providing a narration on topics such as roundabouts, merging, intersections, give-way and stop signs, CBD driving and mobile phones.

"Students will finalise their field trips by visiting the police station and learning more about the process and consequences drivers face when registering a blood alcohol concentration," she said.

"We're hoping to see behavioural changes in students and the wider community."

North Bundaberg High School sports co-ordinator Larissa Hill said the nine-week program would target Year 10 students.

"Teenagers don't take road safety seriously enough," she said.

"We try to make them aware before they become learner drivers."

Triple CCC driving instructor Kathleen Dickson said she was eager to jump onboard and offer her knowledge to other students.

"Too many young people are dying on the roads," she said.

"I'll be involved in anything to keep these kids alive."

Bargara Beach Driving School's Alex Avery said P-platers were the most at-risk drivers on the road.

"We're very much involved in helping learner drivers be as safe as possible on the road," he said.

Snr Const Loftus said the committee was now seeking public opinion before the set routes for the field trips were finalised.

"We have worked out our hotspots and we want to see if the public agrees," she said.

Topics:  driving, motorists, police, road safety, students


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