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Sponsor donation

Posted by ROADwhyz on January 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A very big thank you to the member's of Maitland Rotary Club for contributing $1000.00 towards our 'Sponsorship program' this means they have contributed to helping at least 3 local students gain better skills and knowledge for driving by offering them a chance to have driving lessons with a fully qualified driving instructor for FREE. Thank you very much to Keith and the members for your ongoing support we look forward to a great year of supporting young drivers

New Ad Campaign - Don't trust your tired self

Posted by ROADwhyz on January 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Campaign targets one of the road’s biggest killers

A new road safety campaign Don’t Trust Your Tired Self has been launched highlighting the serious risks of driving tired. Fatigue is one of the top three killers on NSW roads, along with speeding and drink driving. Figures show that last year 62 people died and almost 2,000 people were injured on our roads in fatigue-related crashes.

With the school holidays underway, it’s a timely reminder to take plenty of breaks. Copy and paste the link below to see the newest TV ad.

Final word for 2013

Posted by ROADwhyz on November 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Today ROADwhyz heads off to Xavier College in Newcastle on Thursday the 21st of November, approx 500 students will get a powerful 2 hour presentation.

This marks the teams last visit for 2013, the year started off a bit rocky with both Paul our Ambo and I having time off due to illness, the team got straight back into in May and have delivered 26 visits this year not bad for having 5 months off, this leads us to believe that we would have smashed our total from last year which was 31 visits.

We would like to thank everyone who continues to see the value in what we do and as such books us.

26 visits for 2013 means that on average we have delivered our message on 'Choice & Consequence' to approximately 3,380 students, if we have changed the mind set of just 1 in each school then our job is done.

We would also like to thank Rotary as they have been a huge support to us this year and will continue to be in 2014 with some great partnership projects to come, more on that later...we were also joined by Mel from VOCAL this year, Mel has been a vital component in our message teaching the students about self protection and looking after each other..

We look forward to presenting in 2014.

Car club fundraiser

Posted by ROADwhyz on November 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Again BIG thank you to all who helped with this year’s Spring Cruiz-in event held on the 20th October 2013 in which funds raised went to ROADwhyz.


The Spring Cruiz-in was a fabulous day with upward of 500 cars, motorbikes and other vehicles turning out to enjoy the biggest car cruise in NSW. The organizers within the Newcastle Restored Vehicle Club chose ROADwhyz as their charity of choice for this event and recently presented Peter Harman, one of the ROADwhyz team a cheque for $2000.00


The team at ROADwhyz would like to say a huge congratulations to the NRVC for organising such a wonderful event and seeing the value in what we do and supporting us so that we can continue to deleiver the road safety message to our young drivers.

More information on the NRVC can be found by using the following link


Community Group Donation

Posted by ROADwhyz on June 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Another local organisation acknowledging the great work done by the ROADwhyz team. A huge thanks to the Committee of the Gresford Billy Cart Derby for their generous donation

Stepping up to the plate

Posted by ROADwhyz on February 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The stats are alarming — 26 per cent of road fatalities are P-platers. So what can we do to save young drivers?

"I'm about to take my first solo drive – hopefully I’ll make it through alive,’’ reads Dylan Ettridge’s Facebook status update.

It wasn’t just first-time nerves that made the 18-year old take 15 minutes to work up the courage to drive out of the car park. By starting the ignition of his sister’s car, he was taking a

statistical nosedive.

‘‘I was nervous about being in that demographic . . . of being the most dangerous driver on the road,’’ Ettridge says.

Advertisement: Story continues below L-plate drivers, the world over, are the safest people on the roads, while P-platers are the most at risk and the statistics peak in the first six months of driving.

Drivers aged 17 to 25 make up 14 per cent of licence holders but 26 per cent of road fatalities. Getting a provisional licence requires 120 hours of logged driving practice in NSW and Victoria, but the dramatic over-representation of young drivers in road fatalities raises questions. Are they prepared?

To read the rest of this article go to


Defensive driving risks steering the young into danger

Posted by ROADwhyz on February 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (2)

A LEADING road safety researcher has declared defensive driver training for young motorists a dangerous and outdated practice, as statistics show younger drivers are over-represented in fatal accidents.

Ian Faulks, a psychologist and leader of the driver test development unit at the former NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, said there was no evidence to prove driver training helped young drivers become safer.

''Teaching on-road crash avoidance skills involving braking and swerving is outmoded and we know it increases subsequent risky driving and subsequent crash involvement,'' Mr Faulks said. ''I would love to see a court case where a provider of 'practical crash avoidance skills' is sued for teaching obsolete and dangerous practices. What we do need to teach is the knowledge of how to recognise a developing situation of risk hazard and the safe driving skills to avoid or minimise that.''

To read more of this article posted in the Sydney Morning Herald 17/2/12 copy and past the link into your browser


 Not a boy racer … Rory Brennan taking part in a defensive driving course at Eastern Creek yesterday. He says it makes him feel more comfortable behind the wheel. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Coporate Donation - Orica Mining Services-Hunter

Posted by ROADwhyz on February 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

On the 13th of February 2012 ROADwhyz was a proud rrecipiant of a $5000.00 donation from Orica Mining Services Newcastle office as part of their community support/grants program. Natalie Botham Development Account Manager presents Paul Alexander NSW Paramedic with the cheque.

ROADwhyz Victoria latest news article...

Posted by ROADwhyz on January 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (3)

Consequences recalled - By Mara Pattison-Sowden - 17th January 2012 02:00:20 AM


The program aims to get young drivers to think about the consequences of their choices. YOUNG drivers will be exposed to the consequences of dangerous driving in a joint emergency services-run program.

Silvan paramedic Jason Callanan has gathered local nurses, doctors, police, and emergency service workers to address young drivers on the graphic reality of dangerous driving.The RoadWhyz program will be run in Badger Creek, where the CFA will show teenagers the crumpled metal a wrecked car can end up as in a crash.

Mr Callanan said he watched a documentary about the New South Wales-based RoadWhyz program on television, which included vision of a double fatality, and decided he wanted to communicate the program to young Victorian drivers.

As a paramedic for 15 years in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria, Mr Callanan said the more the message of safe driving was spread, the more it would be entrenched in the drivers.“We (paramedics) see a lot of really major trauma especially young drivers and especially in the Yarra Ranges,” he said.“It seems to be a hub for road trauma and that's why we're targeting it here.”

Mr Callanan said the program makes young drivers aware of the consequences they take in risk taking behaviour.The Choice and Consequence program seeks to provide information to all participants to help them make wise road user choices.

Mr Callanan said the program had been developed to provide information to young drivers and parents, with the aim of providing the tools, skills and knowledge needed to make positive behaviour choices in their driving. “It encourages participants to ask questions of the experts in a safe and professional environment,” he said.

The program would also contain graphic photographic and DVD footage of road crashes and the results of road trauma to a person. Mr Callanan said the images were incorporated not to frighten or shock participants, rather to bring attention to just what can happen as a result of reckless driving.RoadWhyz is primarily based at students in year 11 and 12, and will be held at 7pm on 23 January at Badger Creek CFA, 102 Badger Creek Road.

Emergency services are asking for a gold coin donation and more information can be found at