Free safer driver program, Castle Hill

Mitchell High School in Blacktown is sending 100 of its students old enough to have a licence to a free safer driver program at Castle Hill on June 18.

Organisers of the Gen D: Tomorrow's Safer Driver initiative hope other schools and parents will do likewise.

Australian Schools Industry Partnership's Dianne Mills said the program taught young drivers why it was crucial to do 120 hours' driver training in 12 months.

The Aussip program employs an interactive stage play format to engage, entertain and inform about road safety.

Another non-profit group, Youthsafe, will present the June 18 program in conjunction with a youth liaison officer from The Hills police at Event Cinemas Castle Hill who are donating the space.

It follows parent and teacher sessions on June 4 at Castle Hill RSL Club which also provided the space at no charge.

About 40 teachers and parents learnt about classroom safe driving activities and their roles as supervisors.

"We're trying to reduce the incidence of youth motor vehicle accident," Ms Mills said.

Worldwide road trauma is the highest cause of death and injury among people aged 15 to 29, killing 100 a year in NSW and injuring a further 5000.

Studies show young drivers are at greatest risk of crashing in their first six months of independent driving, when they are on their provisional P1 licence.

Ms Mills said many students didn't realise they were entitled to a free driving lesson through the government.

"Parents are encouraged to go in the car in that lesson to learn what their child is learning, and the correct driving techniques," she said.

Ms Mills said Aussip hoped to expand this program into Blacktown and Parramatta soon.

■ June18, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Event Cinemas Castle Hill. Free but RSVP to kara.oliver@aussip.com.au

GEN D COVERS:

■ Road safety globally;

■ How to apply the road rules in the real world;

■ Why we have a 120-hour log book;

■ Safe driving behaviour; and

■ The NSW driving test.

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