Safety course keeps youth on right track

Bunbury Herald

Ten Newton Moore Senior students are taking a course in safe driving courtesy of a partnership between the school, the South West Youth Driver Development Program and the RAC.

The students are part of Newton Moore’s Senior School Engagement Program and the course, while making them safer drivers, is also an incentive to maintain attendance levels.

“The Youth Driver Development Program has given the students an activity to look forward to and they need to attend school to be involved,” senior school engagement program coordinator John Corfe said.

“I deal with students who have attendance rates hovering around 20 per cent in Years 8 to 10 but through programs like this one we’ve managed to improve that to around 80 per cent on average.”

Newton Moore student Graham Wallam said Friday was the first time he had been behind the wheel of a car.

“It was a manual but once I got the hang of the gears it was a lot of fun,” he said.

“We drove a zig zag course, learnt how to parallel and reverse park and practised stopping quickly on gravel.”

Friday’s session was the third of five run by the South West Youth Driver Development Program and students will have a chance to improve their skills further over the next two weeks.

The driving course cost $175 per student, money that was sponsored through RAC’s Grass Roots Grants program.

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