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Journeys : Feb March 2010
Street-smart Opinion We asked: Do you think there should be fixed speed cameras on the Midland Highway? Photos and interviews Kelly Madden Graeme Speight, Principal of Rosetta High, explains his school's road safety education program During 2009 a group of enthusiastic Rosetta High School year 10 students followed the Road Risk Reduction package that was developed by DIER and targeted at pre-lear ner drivers aged 15 to 17. The course has a strong emphasis on awareness and understanding of the risks involved in participating in today's challenging traffic, as well as some more practical components, such as attending the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Day held at the Der went Entertainment Centre. Our students researched road trauma statistics, high-risk behaviours, hooning and other anti-social risk-taking on our roads. They also sur veyed other students to find out their opinion s and attitudes about driving and risk m anagement. Some students qualified for their L plates during the year. According to grade 10 student Emma, the course was really useful. "I got a lot out of the course and would recommend that all grade 10 students do it," Emma says. "Our teachers tried really hard to make it interesting with some practical stuff but it would be good if we could do more of that, like some real driving." There are two parts to our school's program. The first is concer ned with attitudes and a concer n with the road toll and the over-representation of young people in the statistics, while the second covers practical elements relating to gaining qualifications. It is only six years since the previous road safety program was cut from our budgets. We opposed this decision. We applaud the prospect of the introduction of the Road Risk Reduction program, but highlight the benefits of a practical component. Young people seek relevance. With the advent of the new communication technologies there is great potential for the development of simulated program s that teach skills and develop attitudes towards speed, reaction times and capability. If we adopt such an approach, it needs to be made available to all of our students. Yes, I'm from Victoria originally and they are in Victoria all over the place. People do get to know where they are but it reminds you to check your speed or you will get caught. Breeanna Cumming Newnham Ithink they should just be anywhere and that people should be aware there are cameras -- but not where they will be. I'm from Nor way and they are everywhere there, you are never safe from them. Harry Beiermann Norway No, I just think people become complacent and take it for granted. The whole idea of speed cameras is the element of surprise. Mark Williamson Sydney Well, coming from the mainland where we've got so many of them, I think yes. If you break the r ule you should pay the money and it should go into something useful. I'm all for them. Wendy Pidwarko Brisbane No, I don't. I just think you might lack concentration for a second or two and you're booked. Richard Parsons Huonville Yes, to slow everyone dow n and to keep everyone honest and safe. I've had two friends in major car crashes in the last three months and that has made all of our friends stop and think about it. Jamie Jackson Victoria The RACT congratulates Rosetta High and the other Tasmanian high schools that have recognised the critical importance of road safety education to their students. And we ask again -- why isn't it a compulsory part of every high school student's education? In our community February / March 10 14
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