Crash Survivor program presenter, paraplegic Steve Richter, talks to students from Gympie High School and Victory College.
Crash Survivor program presenter, paraplegic Steve Richter, talks to students from Gympie High School and Victory College. Contributed

Crash survivor tells his story

PARAPLEGIC Steve Richter shared his experiences as a crash survivor with 168 Gympie high school students at Gympie Roadcraft Driver Education Centre this week.

Mr Richter, of Bundaberg, is a presenter for the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program Crash Survivor sponsored locally by the Rotary Club of Gympie Cooloola.

Eighty-four students from Cooloola Christian College and James Nash State High School participated on Monday and another 84 from Victory College and Gympie State High School took part on Tuesday.

The event was conducted twice over two days, to accommodate the large number of students who attended.

The RYDA program is a one-day out-of-school program delivering practical road safety information targeting attitude and awareness of young drivers and their passengers.

RYDA targets 16-18-year-old students and includes six interactive sessions delivered to small student groups covering topics such as hazard perception, distraction management, vehicle safety, stopping distance, fatigue and experiences of a crash survivor.

Rotary Club organiser Wally Emmerson said it was pleasing to see such a large number of local teenagers taking part and the support for the program from Gympie secondary colleges and high schools.

Gympie Times


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