Caboolture Rotary RYDA Program to Save Young Drivers’ Lives


At a recent Rotary Club, Caboolture meeting, member Rob Wiley talked about the need to teach young drivers good ‘road choices’.

“I’m talking about kids who are probably 17 or 18, ones who’ve got their P plate licences,” Rob said in the podcast above.

“They’re going out on the road, everybody knows that when you’re that age you’re invulnerable and nothing can happen to you, you think you’re pretty flash, your reflexes are great, and the only thing you don’t have is road safety awareness.

“What we’re doing, with Rotary, is we’re running these courses.

“It’s called Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA).

“We’re not going to teach them to drive.

“Because we hear about road accidents.

“They’re not actually road accidents, they’re road crashes, and 95% or more of those are not accidents, they’re due to poor choices by somebody, and it’s not always the person who makes the poor choice who gets killed or severely injured, it can be somebody else who’s entirely innocent.”

The Rotary Club, Caboolture is rolling out their program across schools in the Moreton Bay Region – and would love your support.

Caboolture Rotary RYDA Program podcast transcript:

Rosemary: I’m going to call on Rob Wiley. And Rob, if you’d be kind enough to come over and give us a little rough idea of what RYDA is all about, please. And we’ll get this done. And this is for Grade 11 students in our schools here in Caboolture.

Thanks, Rob.

Rob Wiley: Okay. Thanks, Rose.

Folks, do you all watch the news on TV or internet or wherever you watch it? I find it a bit depressing, because there’s hardly a night goes back there’s been a lot of depressing news lately and some good stuff, but how often do you not see some horrendous result of some road crash that’s occurred somewhere not very far from home in this area? It’s going on all the time.

Rotary is doing something about this to try to cut that road [inaudible 00:00:54] by doing something to help the most vulnerable group of users on the road, and I’m talking about kids who are probably 17 or 18, ones who’ve got their P plate licences. They’re going out on the road, everybody knows that when you’re that age you’re invulnerable and nothing can happen to you, you think you’re pretty flash, your reflexes are great, and the only thing you don’t have is road safety awareness.

What we’re doing, with Rotary, is we’re running these courses. It’s called Rotary Youth Driver Awareness. We’re not going to teach them to drive. I’m world’s worst driver so I wouldn’t try to do that, but we’re trying to teach them how to make road choices. Because we hear about road accidents. They’re not actually road accidents, they’re road crashes, and 95% or more of those are not accidents, they’re due to poor choices by somebody, and it’s not always the person who makes the poor choice who gets killed or severely injured, it can be somebody else who’s entirely innocent.

So what we’re doing is we’re running these courses for Year 11 students, I’ll just put that down there for a minute because I don’t need it, around the schools in the Caboolture area, Morayfield, Burpengary, out to Bribie Island. We’ve got 10 high schools in that area and we’re in contact with everyone of those schools. We’ve secured funding from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, bless them, to run these courses for three years. They’re funding our club to do that. We’ve got to perform and get the courses to the kids.

The hardest thing we do with that, we go and talk to the schools, we’re getting the schools in. They’re very supportive. We’re not having to charge them anything. They even get bus travel free, thanks to Kangaroo Bus Lines, to get their kids to our show we run down at the sport centre. But they’ve got this thing called the curriculum, which sometimes makes it very hard to get one day out of the school year when Year 11 kids can come and do this course.

Now, if any of you have got any influence in the schools whereby you can influence the people who make these decisions to say, “Well let’s give the kids, only in the Year 11, one day, go and learn something about how not to get severely damaged or damage somebody else.”

So that’s what we’re doing. We’ve run them for three schools so far in this year. We’ve got about another three booked. All up, we may not get through the 10 schools this year but we’ll certainly probably do that next year.

If you’d like to know more about it, I’ve got some brochures about it over there where you can come and talk to me about it, and I think it’s one of the most worthwhile things that Rotary’s ever done.
Thanks, Rosemary.

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