Driving it home to teens
Many messages were incorporated into this year’s Teen Driver Expo and one was from firsthand experience.
Prue Lake, of Putaruru, spoke publicly for the first time about her teenage son’s car accident. Three years ago, he drove while under the influence and crashed which resulted in his friend’s death.
Lake’s main messages to the students were ‘‘don’t drink and drive’’ and ‘‘be educated’’.
It took a lot of courage for Lake to bring up the past.
‘‘ It was very hard to write and it was very hard to drag it all up,’’ she said.
Lake hoped her messages were taken on board by the young audiences.
‘‘You know there’s no guarantee but you can only hope.’’
South Waikato District Council organised the event and student drivers aged 16 to 18 from five South Waikato schools attended the two- day expo.
Ambulance, police, fire, NZTA and Safekids staff also attended with interactive displays.
Part-time judge Wayne Jowett put on a court scenario which exposed the students to the process of a drink- driving trial.
Death calling: Picasso Amouta, 16, meets the grim reaper at this year’s young driver expo.
Look out: Ahere Hapi, 16, hops into the driver’s seat to check what she can see in her surroundings.
Blurry view: Ella Nordstrom has a go at putting a key in a lock with the beer goggles on.