HUNDREDS of students are again set to learn life-saving driving strategies in Bathurst.
More than 800 students from Bathurst, Blayney, Lithgow and Portland will take part in the specialised Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program this week and next week, according to Bathurst Rotary's Chris Bennett.
"The specialised course is designed to increase road safety awareness among 16- to 18-year-olds as they start to drive independently and become passengers with their peers," he said.
The RYDA program has been running at Mount Panorama for more than 10 years.
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"Students work through a series of practical workshops to create smarter driving strategies and change the way young people think about road safety," Mr Bennett said.
"Throughout the interactive one-day experience, young drivers experience braking at varying speeds, get expert tips from road safety professionals and learn how to protect themselves and their friends.
"The program was designed in consultation with road safety authorities, state departments and police to encourage young drivers to take a more responsible attitude to road safety and reduce traffic accidents in the provisional driver age group."
With 45 per cent of all young Australian injury deaths being caused due to road traffic accidents, Bathurst Rotary is continuing its commitment to reduce such statistics through the running of the RYDA program, Mr Bennett said.
He said the Bathurst RYDA program could not happen without the support of Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst Police, Academy of Road Safety, Beaumont Tiles, Abroearth Underpinning, the Rotary clubs of Bathurst and Blayney and Headspace.
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