Young­sters be­hind wheel

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

EIDSVOLD State School stu­dents have been en­light­ened about road safety.

Peter Bi­z­ley and Ian Dou­glas, from www.driver­safety.com, were in the re­gion last week, ed­u­cat­ing young chil- dren – the fu­ture driv­ers.

Se­nior in­struc­tor Peter Bi­z­ley said the group cov­ered Aus­tralia, but had a spe­cific em­pha­sis on ru­ral ar­eas.

The pro­gram in­volved the use of driv­ing sim­u­la­tors.

“This pro­ject is be­ing spon­sored by (coal seam gas ex- plorer) QGCas the ar­eas they work, like Eidsvold, have ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease in traf­fic from the com­pany’s ac­tiv­ity and young chil­dren are tar­geted as they are the fu­ture driv­ers,” Mr Bi­z­ley said.

“This is mainly for ru­ral ar­eas and in­deed some of the kids spot­ted kan­ga­roos on the sim­u­la­tors.”

Year 6 stu­dent Shakira Bee­z­ley said she was happy to have tried the sim­u­la­tor and, like many ru­ral chil­dren, the 11-year-old has grown up driv­ing on the fam­ily pad­dock out­side the town.

“I have been driv­ing for about a year now be­cause I live on a big pad­dock out­side town, but the sim­u­la­tor is a bit dif­fer­ent,” she said.

The pro­gram has cov­ered Biloela, Eidsvold, Mun­dub­bera and Monto be­fore be­ing sent to their next post­ing.

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