SADD & Young Drivers

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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.  gives free, practical info to make it easier to pass your restricted test.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: DRIVE

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.


This video was filmed at Rathkeale College with student leaders from both Rathkeale College and St Matthews Collegiate.

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


RYDA 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 fourth year providing a successful program focusing on Year 12 Students across Wairarapa during March. With nearly 600 Students in attendance over the 2-day event held at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton, students we able to take part in 6 workshops;

  • Putting the 'I' in Drive
  • Hazards, Distractions & Risks
  • Speed & Stopping Distances
  • Road Choices
  • Genevieves Story
  • Crash Survivor


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 was set to run in 2020 for it's 6th year, however due to gathering restrictions outlayed in Alert Level 2, 3 & 4 for Covid19, it has been decided that it will not run in Wairarapa this year.

Road Safety Education have a formal response to Covid19 and you can view this by clicking here

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 an on-going success.

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

SADD - Students Against Dangerous Driving

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