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
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.