Moss­man youth hear safe driv­ing mes­sage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

THE an­nual Ro­tary Youth Driver Aware­ness pro­gram was held on Tues­day at Moss­man Show­grounds and 60 Year 11 stu­dents of Moss­man State High School learned a va­ri­ety of skills in prepa­ra­tion for their driv­ing on our roads.

Mr John Anich, the or­gan­iser of the event on be­half of the Ro­tary Club of Moss­man, wel­comed the stu­dents and brought to their at­ten­tion the dan­gers for young peo­ple be­hind the wheel.

“Driv­ing gives in­de­pen­dence and free­dom,” Mr Anich said, “but a driver’s li­cence also comes with great re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“By learn­ing some ba­sic skills here to­day, hope­fully you will make bet­ter choices when you get your li­cence and re­duce the chance of hav­ing a crash,” he said.

The day cov­ered a range of driver aware­ness top­ics in­clud­ing haz­ards and dis­trac­tions, speed and stop­ping and a crash vic­tim’s story.

Mr Stephen Lee from Port Dou­glas/Moss­man Driv­ing School do­nated his time and gave each stu­dent a prac­ti­cal ses­sion in his Learner Ve­hi­cle.

“The stu­dents were re­ally co­op­er­a­tive and en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mr Lee said.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Moss­man Po­lice Sta­tion also pro­vided tips on safe driv­ing.

Also pro­moted dur­ing the day was the Keys 2 Drive pro­gram, a fed­eral govern­ment in- itia­tive which gives learn­ers one free driv­ing les­son on both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal com­po­nents.

Or­gan­is­ers said the day was a suc­cess and the stu­dents re­sponded very well.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Edi­tor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane.ni­chols@news.com.au

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