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Her last call

Posted by ROADwhyz on May 9, 2010 at 11:52 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes only a picture can get our attention! Her last call was from a new cell phone...

Do you see the motorcycle?



Now do you see it?



The Honda crotch rocket rider was traveling at approximately

85 mph. The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she Pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the Motorcycle. The riders reaction time was not sufficient  Enough to avoid this accident.


The car had two passengers And the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them.

The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place. All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were Killed instantly. This graphic demonstration was placed at The Motorcycle Fair by the Police and Road Safety Department..


Pass this on to car drivers or soon to be New drivers, or new motorcycle owners AND ESPECIALLY EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO HAS A CELL PHONE!!!!!

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Save a life… Stop talking on Cell phones and Texting while trying to drive. The life you save may be your own..... Or mine...

Young Driver Safety Education Report link /conclusion and recomendations re:Education prog

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on January 14, 2010 at 8:46 PM Comments comments (1)
Relvant to ROADwhyz and similar programs conclusions and recommendations in regards to education:

Report on Young Driver Safety & Education Programs

Young Driver Education Programs

56 Parliament of New South Wales


7.29 Despite the lack of empirical support for the efficacy of young driver education

programs to date, the provision and take up of these programs both as a part of the

education curriculum and in the broader community setting, points to a demand for

such courses. The overwhelming consensus by researchers, program providers and

road safety administrators is that a more rigorous approach to the delivery of such

programs will provide greater overall benefit and allow the development of a best

practice model based on evidence and research data. The Committee supports this



The Committee recommends that the Novice Driver Trial be subject to oversight and

scrutiny by independent experts who can bring objectivity and scientific rigour to the process

and to the subsequent evaluation of results.


In relation to school based road safety education programs, the Committee recommends

that appropriately vocationally qualified and experienced road safety practitioners participate

in the delivery of the PDHPE curriculum by presenting material in a different format to that

delivered by the classroom teacher. This material would have to be endorsed by the RTA

and the DET.


The Committee also recommends that school based programs be subjected to rigorous

evaluation to assess their efficacy and to develop a best practice model, with standardised

delivery and implementation measures.


In relation to community based programs, the Committee recommends that, in the short

term, the RTA update its publication �Principles of Effective Community-Based Safe Driving

Programs for Novice Drivers and Passengers� to assist driver education providers on the

ground. As a longer-term objective, the Committee recommends that the RTA design a

template for a model young driver education program, thereby enabling a more standardised

approach based on empirical evidence of efficacy and utility.


As part of the development of a young driver education template, the Committee also

recommends that the RTA establish a consultation process with external research agencies,

community providers and young people to ensure broad support and shared ownership of

this initiative.

Click on or copy and paste the link to your browser to see the full report

Young Driver Safety & Education inquiry

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on January 14, 2010 at 8:21 PM Comments comments (0)





Mr Geoff Corrigan MP, Chair of the NSW Parliament's Staysafe Committee, today tabled the Committee�s report on Young Driver Safety and Education Programs.

"Everyone should get behind this report", said Mr Corrigan. "Young driver safety is something that affects all of us, and not equipping and supporting young people to drive safely on our roads will continue to have tragic consequences for our community and the nation as a whole".

"Inexperience and risk taking continue to be the most significant predictors of trauma on our roads. The seriousness of the problem has been reinforced by an unrelenting spate of fatalities during the course of the Committee�s inquiry", Mr Corrigan continued.

Traffic crashes are the primary cause of death of people aged 15-24 internationally and cost untold billions of dollars in lost opportunity and productivity. In NSW, young, primarily male drivers are involved in approximately 30% of fatal crashes and 29% of all vehicle crashes.

This report discusses some of the causes underlying these figures and makes recommendations to improve support and services to young drivers and their families. The report also examines the different levels of support in rural and regional areas and makes further recommendations to assist young drivers in country areas.

The inquiry has found many inconsistencies in the provision of driver education for those learning to drive and in the quality of courses currently available. In addition, the Committee has identified gaps in the overall coordination of road safety initiatives and interventions.

"Adoption of the conclusions and recommendations made by the Committee will assist road safety authorities, researchers, education and training providers, as well as young people and their families to take ownership of the solutions provided in the report. Young driver safety is not just an area of government responsibility, but is an individual and public safety issue which must be taken seriously by all concerned", Mr Corrigan concluded.

End of 2009

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on December 5, 2009 at 10:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Well we are almost at the end of 2009 and the ROADwhyz team has had a very busy year. To date we have given the message of Choice & Consequence to over 5000 students since 2007. Feedback from every school has been positive and we are encouraged to continue on the hard work.



It has always been the thoughts of the group that if we change at least one person's behavior on the road then we have done our job, judging by the most recently posted feedback, one can assume we are doing just that.


Our team has also grown throughout the years. It is not uncommon now to have at least 2 or 3 extra Ambulance officers on board as well as more than one Highway patrol officer and Crash investigators on hand. Our out of uniform/service volunteers have also been on hand and form a huge part of the team. Recently we gained the support of Damian B. Registrar, C. Local Court. Damian ads value to our program in the form of the information he can shared with regards to the role of the coroner. Damian explains to the students how the information gathered by the Rescue Service Personnel gets pieced together to form vital evidence in a road crash investigation.



The support for our program has grown and continues to do so and that alone makes me, the coordinator feel very proud. Its great to see that others are also passionate about the cause, it only goes to further reinforce the need for such programs.



2010 will bring with it more challenges for the team as we start to look at ways to make this program a compulsory part of getting one's L's. ROADwhyz will also Endeavour to hold at least 4 community events throughout the Maitland and Newcastle areas.


Teacher Feedback

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on December 5, 2009 at 10:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Student Feed Back

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on December 5, 2009 at 10:44 PM Comments comments (0)

hi michelle, my name is mel, im 17 yrs old,a few months into my red p's licence and a changed person the day i walked out of your roadwhyz program. i went to your program a couple of months ago, with my dad, and was really touched after the talk and videos, never had i had such a wake up call, i wasnt a bad driver, but this just made me realise so many things, when u get your licence u feel almost invincible... but in a split second that can change. not just your life but someone elses, your parents, or your family, or someone elses family. although the videos were graphic and the account from yourself was just incredibly touching and emotional it was well needed, there isnt a thing u need to change with the program. from the minute i went home that night i knew that i had friends that needed to see this, and family members, i was so shaken up that night, and so emotional from hearing about what you have gone through, and my deepest sorrys go out to you, but you are such an amazing and inspiring person, truly u are incredible. wat u and the team are doing is just so good, and u and the roadwhyz team i would say really are changing lives. im almost ashamed though to say im not always as cautious as i can be, as everyone is.. but i do know that when i drive like that somewhere in my mind is always the reminder to slow down and put your head back into gear, and from your program is where that little reminder was created. thankyou sooo much for what your doing. and for changing apart of my life. your program continues to amaze me,i really wish it was say somehow mandatory in schools, because what your doing is making a difference, and a big one. well sorry if i dragged on, i guess i just really needed to let youse know how much i support you, and the roadwhyz team. thankyou so much again. forever in gratitude. Melissa Tierney.

Joint Road Safety Initiative - Comminuty Event

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on September 27, 2009 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Young drivers awareness event


The impact on our communities arising from avoidable road incident trauma is huge.



The Kiwanis Club of Newcastle and ROADWhyz are putting on a free community event for young drivers and parents on Sunday October 18th, 2009, entitled GetSet2Drive.



This program is all about “Choice and Consequences” and provides insight, knowledge and techniques from Crash Unit Investigation/Highway Patrol and an experienced driving instructor.




VENUE: Merewether High School Auditorium – Chatham Road

WHEN: Sunday 18/10/2009 8:45am – 2:45pm


Maitland MP supports ROADwhyz

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on June 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Grant Application Success

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on June 4, 2009 at 1:14 AM Comments comments (0)

Friday 29 May 2009


Dear Michelle


On behalf of NRMA Insurance, I am pleased to inform you that  ROADwhyz choice & consequence has been successful in receiving a grant under the NRMA Insurance 2009 Community Grants program.



This letter is an agreement and together with your Community Grants Application and the Community Grants Terms and Conditions, forms a legally binding contract between Insurance Australia Limited trading as NRMA ROADwhyz choice & consequence. Once again congratulations on being successful in your application for funding. We look forward to working with you in creating a safer community.


Yours sincerely


Danielle Sebbens

NRMA Insurance

Highway Patrol & Vision Impairment Goggles workshop

Posted by ROADwhyz NSW (Hunter) on May 15, 2009 at 7:22 AM Comments comments (0)

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