Sober mes­sage for TPHS drivers

Te Puke Times - - NEWS / COMMUNITY - By STU­ART WHITAKER news@tepuke­

Get­ting be­hind the wheel is just one of the new ex­pe­ri­ences that comes with the teenage years.

Hand-in-hand with the new­found free­dom comes new­found re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and it is high­light­ing those re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that is be­hind Stu­dents Against Driv­ing Dan­ger­ously (SADD).

Last week saw a se­ries of lunchtime events or­gan­ised by Te Puke High School’s SADD com­mit­tee, aimed at get­ting the mes­sage across.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers put up crosses to rep­re­sent those who have died as a re­sult of danger­ous driv­ing and there was a chance for stu­dents to tackle an ob­sta­cle course wear­ing “drunk gog­gles” de­signed to repli­cate the im­pair­ment of re­ac­tion times caused by drugs or al­co­hol.

Stu­dents made hand­prints on the Stu­dent Learn­ing Cen­tre glass doors to pledge they will never go in a car with a danger­ous driver.

The win­ning en­try in a com­pe­ti­tion to design a road safety slo­gan sign was won by the MDES small group.

Thanks to Trav­el­safe, run by Tau­ranga City and West­ern Bay of Plenty Dis­trict coun­cils, the design has been made into a sign that is now of the side of a school build­ing fac­ing Beatty Av­enue.

“We re­ally wanted to put up some­thing on the Beatty Ave side of the school where a lot of the

The com­pe­ti­tion-win­ning small group MDES with their design that is now a sign at Te Puke High School. stu­dents park,” says the high school’s SADD co-or­di­na­tor Jo Mel­ton.

“And be­cause it’s a stu­dent-led ini­tia­tive . . . Trav­el­safe said they would fund it.”

Jo says the com­mit­tee or­gan­ises the var­i­ous events and ac­tiv­i­ties as a peer ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme, and the ac­tiv­i­ties are open to all stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in.

The pro­gramme has six prin­ci­ples: Sober Drivers, Safe Speeds, No Dis­trac­tions, Avoid­ing Risk, Drive to the Con­di­tions, Build Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mem­bers of Te Puke High School’s SADD com­mit­tee with the crosses put up in the school grounds rep­re­sent­ing danger­ous driv­ing deaths.

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