Rotary backed motoring initiative urges school holiday safety

Australia’s largest Youth Road Safety Educator in partnership with local Rotary clubs has warned school holiday motorists that speeding and fatigue remain the major cause of serious accidents.

Road Safety Education Limited – which is backed by our Rotary clubs – this week warned that it’s not only cars that have to be in top shape but they also have to be in peak condition.

“This means having enough sleep before setting off, taking regular breaks on long journeys, wearing your seat belt and minimising distractions within the car,” RSE Program Director, Greg Rappo says

“Speeding is unquestionably recognised as a major contributing factor to the number and severity of traffic crashes.

“When a vehicle’s speed increases, it impacts on the drivers reaction time to a hazard and the need to adequately judge the distance required to stop.

“The average time it takes for most alert and attentive drivers to react to a risky situation on the road is 1.5 seconds.”

“A fatigued or distracted driver may take as long as three critical seconds to react, at 60 km / hour this is the equivalent of travelling blind for approximately 50 metres.”

Mr Rappo said the warning is especially important this week, with families returning from school holidays.

“We want them to journey safely,” he said.

“Last year saw a spike in road deaths on Australian roads, 1,295 lives were lost and countless families were left devastated.

“A few simple precautions on the road will keep the driver and their passengers safe”

RSE are providers of the Rotary backed RYDA program, a series of practical and powerful workshops for high school students that challenge students to change the way they think about road safety and lay the foundation for safe road use throughout their lives.

RYDA teaches drivers how to manage distractions, give them an understanding and acceptance of the rules of the road and the laws of physics.

It helps them to plan their journey and gives them strategies to avoid risk.

It also teaches passengers how to contribute positively to the car’s environment and speak up if they are uncomfortable.

RYDA also receives funding from the NSW Government.