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Posted by ROADwhyz on January 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM

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.

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Reply Lisa Jones
10:05 PM on March 5, 2012 
I was very interested to read about the program you are running. I lost my 24 year old son 5 years ago in a motor bike accident. Since my son was old enough to drive I tried to instill in him responsibility for himself and others on the road. He once said that even if I wasnt standing near him physically he could still hear my voice warning him of the dangers on the road. I never once thought about the fact that someone else could take his young life. I wonder why the young men, that were racing their cars before hitting my son on the wrong side of the road, I wonder why they hadnt thought about the consequences of their actions. They have both spent considerable time in goal because of my sons death but I dont know whether that will even be enough to change their views about responsibility.
I think that what you are teaching is the only way to try and make a difference. Choice and consequences of those choices is the real issue in a lot of these tragic accidents and even if we can only make a difference to one of these outcomes then it will make every effort worthwhile.
Reply Michelle
10:48 PM on March 5, 2012 
Lisa, we haer you loud and clear, both ROADwhyz NSW and Vic will continue to do our very best to get the message out there "choice and consequence" thats what it comes down to, if we can change the behaviour of one then the ripple effect will be huge.... Heart felt wishes to you and your family having lost my own two sons to road trauma I have some understanding of your pain
Reply Lisa Jones
11:54 PM on March 6, 2012 
Thankyou for your response Michelle. I feel its time for me to do something constructive towards this cause but I need some prompting as to where to start. Hugs back to you and your family.

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