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High school road safety gets boost from Toyota partnership

In 2011, 21 per cent of all drivers and motorcycle riders involved in fatal car accidents were aged between 17 and 21, according to NSW government statistics.
Yet this group only makes up 14 per cent of licence holders, illustrating the problem of the overrepresentation of young people in crash statistics.
These figures will no doubt be concerning for parents of young drivers and the drivers themselves, but there are ways to reduce the likelihood of novice motorists having crashes.
One of the most important strategies is putting a focus on driver training and education.
Toyota Australia is partnering with Road Safety Education (RSE) in order to strengthen its commitment to helping young drivers.
RSE is a national, not-for-profit community initiative which provides road safety education programs to young Australians.
Toyota is helping the RSE to expand its RYDA one-day road safety program, aimed at 17 and 18 year olds throughout the country.
This program provides senior students with practical road safety information. It includes six interactive sessions targeting topics such as hazard perception, distraction management, vehicle safety, stopping distance, fatigue and more.
Toyota is now in the second year of a partnership which will see it contribute $300,000 over a three-year period to raise awareness of RYDA among teachers and parents and to increase school participation.
"Statistics show that young people are overrepresented in crash data, which is something we want to change," said Toyota Australia executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Buttner in a March 28 statement.
"By partnering with RSE we can make sure more high school students are exposed to RYDA so that they can make informed decisions when getting behind the wheel."
RSE director of program development Greg Rappo said that in 2012, the program reached more than 45,000 high school students across the country.
"Feedback from participants reveals they are less likely to drive five kilometres per hour above the speed limit, have a better understanding of how to avoid a car crash and are more likely to turn off or switch their mobile phone on silent before driving after attending the program," said Mr Rappo.
"With the help of organisations such as Toyota Australia, we can increase school participation and broaden our program so that we can continue to play a vital role in youth road safety education."
If you've been injured as a result of an accident on NSW roads, talk to a personal injury lawyer about whether you may be entitled to claim for car accident compensation.

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