Karen and Rhiannon Smith.
Karen and Rhiannon Smith.

Roadcraft message hits home

LOSING a loved one in a road crash causes a pain nobody should have to experience.

That was the underlying message from a grieving parent to young drivers at the Safe Driver Awareness Program at Gympie’s Roadcraft on Wednesday night.

The information session delivered a powerful presentation on road trauma, and the effects it has on its victims, family members and witnesses.

Among crash survivors and family members who had lost loved ones to road trauma, news cameraman Greg Forward was invited to share what he had seen through the camera lense when reporting on fatalities.

“The purpose of my talk was to help make people aware of their responsibilities when driving,” he said.

“All the speakers on Wednesday night have been affected in some way by road trauma, either with the loss of a loved one or from an emergency services background.

“My background was through my involvement with the media.”

Getting behind the wheel remains the single most dangerous thing a young Australian can do, and these driver-awareness programs aim to reduce death and injury on the roads by making them aware of the consequences of their choices.

Through a series of lectures and demonstrations it aims to shock and educate youngsters into seeing sense on the road.

Many young drivers in the Gympie region had been ordered to attend the information session by Magistrate Maxine Baldwin as part of their penalties for driving offences.

Started by North Coast Regional traffic co-ordinator Acting Inspector Peter Flanders to stem the increase of crashes involving young drivers, the programs are now run right throughout the state.

Wednesday’s session was run by Road Trauma Services Queensland, a volunteer group that offers counselling service to people who have lost loved ones to road crashes.

Gympie Times


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