Year 11 at­tend “Free2go”

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SCHOOLS - By Leigh Metzger

MOSS­MAN State High School Year 11 students at­tended “Free2go”, RACQ’s youth mem­ber­ship pro­gram last week. The pro­gram is de­signed to help young peo­ple to get their li­cence, stay safe on the road and start their lives as mo­torists and car own­ers and formed the fi­nal part of a year-long process re­gard­ing driv­ing on Queens­land roads. Ear­lier in the year students at­tended de­fen­sive driv­ing cour­ses, work­shops and sem­i­nars from Cairns Po­lice Traf­fic Branch and the Rotary Youth Driver Aware­ness ini­tia­tive. Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads, each year about 100 fa­tal­i­ties oc­cur as a re­sult of crashes in­volv­ing young driv­ers (aged 17 - 24) and more than 2000 young driv­ers are in­volved in hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion crashes. About 75 per cent of the time the young driver is at fault in crashes in­volv­ing death or in­jury and about 80 per cent of young driv­ers in­volved in fatal crashes are males. “Given the re­stric­tions placed on P-platers, Rotary, RACQ and oth­ers, I am con­fi­dent that the av­er­age 17-year old at Moss­man SHS is a safer driver than we were at 17,” Moss­man State High School teacher El­liot David­son said. “Given the ev­i­dence, I hope I am right.”

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