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Young Drivers

Young Driver related crashes are an area of high concern & identified as a continuing road safety issue across the cluster.

Wairarapa Wide: 16 to 24 year olds most represented age group in injury crashes on local roads, state highways & mostly at fault at the time of the crash.

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We are very excited to announce that SADD is being supported in 100% of Wairarapa Colleges. We meet every month as a council to discuss areas of concern and how we can promote safe driving practises (including not driving whilst intoxicated or getting in a car with someone else that has been drinking) not only to our peers but stretch our message out into our community.


 

Visit the National SADD Page to see what is happening around the country!

 

RYDA ProgrammeRYDA Programme

The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme is in partnership with Rotary, Road Safety Education, Safer Journeys, Wairarapa Road Safety Council.

This year we almost doubled our number is our third year providing a successful program focusing on Year 12 Students across Wairarapa during February. With nearly 600 Students in attendance over the 3 day event held at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton, students we able to take part in 6 workshops;

  • Plan B
  • Hazards, Distractions & Risks
  • Speed & Stopping Distances
  • Road Choices
  • Personality Test
  • Crash Survivor

 

Other extra features during this program included the viewing of the "Last Choice" crash car. A vehicle that was commissioned after a serious accident to be brought to such events to show the serious impact of what can happen when you drive under the influence of alcohol. Also present were SADD(Students Against Driving Drunk) and Te Haoura assisting students in trying the "Booze Goggles" which when put on the students instantly feel the effects of being intoxicated.

We also gave away a Driving voucher to one lucky student. This was drawn at random by the honourable Mayor of Masterton Lyn Patterson after students filled out their evaluation forms. The voucher was to recieve 6 free driving lessons with Jackie from Masterton Driver Training!

Each facilitator was experienced in their field providing safer road choices and inspiration to students wanting to take the next step in their journey of their future driving careers. This program is set to run again in 2017.

For more information please click the RYDA link

We wish to thank all of the Rotarians, Teachers, Students, Facilitators and supporting organisations that played their part in making this event a success.

RYDA is an Australia and New Zealand Program delivered by Road Safety Education Ltd.

Photo Credit: Piers Fuller


SADD - Students Against Dangerous Driving


NZTA Teachers Workshop year 7-13 Educators

Wairarapa Professional Development Workshop – March 3rd 2016

Year 7-13 Educators – Citizenship through inquiry and action

After attending the first NZTA professional development workshop in Trentham in early 2015, I was not a teacher, but I was convinced of the importance to highlighting road safety education within our school networks in Wairarapa.

Now to present day, March 3rd 2016, a similar workshop was held in Wairarapa at the Copthorne, Solway Park with 50 educational brains under one roof. This time, we were able to witness a shift in thinking towards road safety as a culture and the impact that our roading network has on our choices in day-to-day living.

“We’ve been talking [since the workshop] with our senior students about the speed at which the traffic goes past our school gate and the dangers around this. The students are already excited by possible ideas they are sharing…”

“…There are some great ideas [and lesson plans] on teaching road safety that tie in with all curriculum areas. As Pam Hook said 'we are all road users in one-way or another’…”

~ Peter Hull (Acting Principal, South Featherston School)

“One of my favourite speakers was Rachel Bolstad, her presentation on Key Competencies stood out for me as it reminded me of the importance of lifelong learning”. 

~ Polu Luatua (Senior teacher, Lakeview School)

“There may be some barriers mostly around the fact that we are a country school. I did however get some contacts from the workshop that can help me with implementing ideas specific to our school”.

~ Peter Hull (Acting Principal, South Featherston School

“This professional development was very useful. I enjoyed the sessions on solo taxonomy and the notion of the roads a common ground needing shared responsibility. We will be looking at some of the material provided through links to share with our students.”

~ Prue Smith (Manager, Wairarapa Teen Parenting Unit)

Having a vast collection of teachers that educate students in rural, urban and mixed zone environments tested each subject’s adaptability.  In all cases, the overall day didn’t just teach us how to implement road safety education into school curriculum and create lifelong learning examples to embed in students, but it helped us learn about our own citizenship through inquiry and action.

Written by Holly McGeorge


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