Driver aware­ness pro­gram a ne­ces­sity

The Morning Bulletin - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to thank Yep­poon and Capricorn Ro­tary clubs for the op­por­tu­nity to present the speed and stop­ping sec­tion of the Ro­tary Youth Driver Aware­ness pro­gram on Mon­day to Yep­poon High school stu­dents.

I would also like to thank Adam from the po­lice traf­fic branch for his as­sis­tance and all of the vol­un­teers.

The demon­stra­tion was to make young peo­ple aware of the safety fea­tures in mo­tor ve­hi­cles and of the dan­gers of speed­ing and the ef­fects of stop­ping safely.

There were many other pre­sen­ta­tions done on the day, to cover other top­ics in re­gards to road safety.

The prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tion high­lighted how much 10km/h over the speed limit can make a dif­fer­ence in stop­ping.

This demon­stra­tion showed how long it can take for a 1.3 ton car to stop in an emer­gency at 60km/h and the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing a safe fol­low­ing dis­tance from the ve­hi­cle in front.

I also ex­plained the dan­gers of cut­ting in front of a heav­ily loaded truck weigh­ing up to 60 tons while they are slow­ing down and the fact that they need more stop­ping room than a mo­tor car.

Hope­fully some lives may be saved from the day’s pre­sen­ta­tion and that a lot of in­for­ma­tion is shared in re­gards to road safety. Ley­land Bar­nett

North Rock­hamp­ton

PHOTO: RUS­SELL GIRLE

SAFETY MES­SAGE: Ley­land Bar­nett pre­sented the speed and stop­ping sec­tion of the Ro­tary Youth Driver Aware­ness pro­gram on Mon­day to Yep­poon High school stu­dents.

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