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Schools urged to roll out road safety program ahead of Christmas break

 With just weeks before the end of Term 4, Australian Road Safety Foundation is urging schools around the country to roll out a free road safety program to help save teenagers’ lives this holiday season. 

RoadSet is an online course teaching Year 9 students the skills to be safe road users whether they’re on a bike, skateboard, scooter, on foot or a passenger in a vehicle. 

More than 5000 students have already trialled the Australian Government funded pilot program, which has now had new lessons and content launched ahead of the Christmas break. 

Australian Road Safety Foundation founder and CEO Russell White said traditionally, 14 and 15-year olds were generally forgotten when it came to road safety education. Mr White said RoadSet was designed to align with the Australian curriculum. 

“Road trauma remains the biggest killer of Australian children aged one to 14 and one in two Australians know someone who has died or suffered permanent injury as a result of a crash,” he said. 

“Small children are often taught to Stop, Look, Listen and Think and there are programs aimed at teens on their L plates, but until now there’s been very little in-between to teach 14 and 15-year olds how to be safe around roads.”

The RoadSet program uses animation and games to engage students and provides teachers with ready-to-use worksheets and answers. It means community organisation volunteers, youth group staff and parents can also deliver the program. 

“We know the Christmas period is a shocking time for our road toll and we believe if teens are armed with the skills and knowledge to be road set, it will go a long way in helping to save lives over the summer holidays,” White said.

“With schools wrapping up for the year, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend time teaching lifesaving lessons to better protect our kids heading into the holidays. The program expansion means there are now 10 modules to complete.” 

The Australian Road Safety Foundation’s goal is to deliver RoadSet to every Year 9 student nationally over the next 12 months. 

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