Program helps cut road toll

THREE Hills schools, The Hills Council and a Hills police officer have been recognised by Road Safety Education for their commitment to reducing youth road trauma.

During the Excellence in Road Safety Education awards lunch on December 4, Hills police school liaison officer Senior Constable Jason Roughley, Galston High and Northholm Grammar schools and Marian College were praised for their work with RYDA, a Rotary-supported road safety education program for young people.

Kerry Chikarovski, who chairs Road Safety Education, thanked the "strong community partnerships" behind the program.

"The thousands of Rotarians involved in delivering RYDA are fundamental to its success," she said.

"As are the teachers who encourage students to get involved, the many members of the police who provide valuable support, The Hills Council and the corporate sponsors who have helped a small project become a leading national youth road safety program."

Scott Cumming, the leader of learning at Marian College, students had been attending the program since it started in 2001.

"These initiatives, combined with driver education lessons at school, allow our students an opportunity to develop safe driving skills and responsible attitudes when on the road," he said.

Andrew King, the council's manager of infrastructure and planning, said the program had helped to reduce the number of fatalities and serious accidents in The Hills.

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