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Council hosting Skilled or Killed Young Drivers safety programs

Shoalhaven City Council will be hosting a series of Skilled or Killed Young Drivers Safety (SKYDS) programs at the University of Wollongong Shoalhaven Campus throughout July.

SKYDS, developed by the Shoalhaven City Council in 2003, is a safe-driver education program delivered to local school students in grades 10-12.

The program provides valuable driver education and allows students the opportunity to gain hands-on advanced driving skills.

Mayor, Joanna Gash said the SKYDS program consisted of six separate sessions of driver education each designed to help reduce instances of road trauma especially among young adults.

“It is a well-known fact that young drivers aged between 17-25 years of age continue to be over-represented in serious crash statistics,” said Clr Gash.

 

Young drivers are at greatest risk of a casualty crash in the first 6-12 months of gaining their solo license making the knowledge and experience picked up through the SKYDS program extremely valuable in the first stages of a young driver taking the wheel.

 

“The SKYDS program assists young drivers through developing habits and motivations to reduce risks relevant to a young adult’s age, understanding and driving status.”

 

“By providing clear, understandable information about the safer use of roads to our learner drivers Council is assisting the community in making the roads a safer place for all users.”

 

Council will be hosting a number of Year 10 students from Nowra High, Bomaderry High, Nowra Christian Schools and Shoalhaven High School throughout July.

 

Students from Ulladulla High, Vincentia High, St John the Evangelist, Nowra Anglican College have already attended the SKYDS program in June.

 

For more details on the SKYDS program please contact Council’s Road Safety Officer, Kathy Wiseham on 4429 3484.

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