Senior students from Corowa, Rutherglen and Beechworth high schools will have the opportunity to attend a Cool Heads program thanks to a joint community initiative among local schools and Victoria and NSW Police.
This will be the sixth annual Cool Heads Driver Program that has helped educate more than 500 young drivers on both sides of the border.
This year’s seminar will take place at the Rutherglen Memorial Hall, on Tuesday, March 21 at 10am.
The Cool Heads Driver Safety Program is more than just a road safety message, it is an opportunity for young drivers and parents to understand fully the consequences associated with road trauma and to discuss safe driving with NSW and Victorian police and guest speakers.
The program was developed in 2008 by local police to address the high incidence of road fatalities and serious injury collisions on local roads involving young drivers.
Cool Heads is a realistic, interactive and confronting program which reinforces that every risk taken on the road, whether small or large, can have extremely serious results, not just for those involved in an accident, but for their families, those attending the scene and the general community.
Member of the Cool Heads Program and Corowa High School teacher Debbie Filliponi said the program had been extremely fortunate to receive large amounts of support and financial assistance from Federation Council, Indigo Shire Council, local businesses, police, as well as the Don’t-txt-n-Drive organisation.
“This realistic program really makes young drivers think about not just what can happen in an accident when you make the wrong decisions, but it also makes young drivers realise that the ramifications go beyond the accident,” Mrs Filliponi said.
“They get an inside understanding of how those attending the scene, their families and friends and even the driver are affected by the trauma.
“There can be so many distressing consequences as a result of a road trauma that affects not only the driver but several people, especially in small communities.”
The presentation will run for approximately two hours. All community members and past students are welcome to attend. Entry is free.