New workshop drives home road safety importance


Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and TAFE Western have joined forces to create an exciting road safety pilot program that has the potential to save the lives of many young people in Western NSW.

TAFE Western apprentices will now be provided with the opportunity to participate in a one-hour road safety workshop, which will initially be presented by RMS and focus on ensuring all young drivers are safe on our roads.

“Each year TAFE students travel significant distances to attend training and fortunately in most instances students arrive safely,” RMS Regional Manager Western Phil Standen said.

“The aim of this workshop is to give students an overview of some of the main issues affecting safety on the roads we travel in Western NSW.

“The five key issues that will be covered as part of the workshop include speed, driver fatigue, animals on rural roads, driver distraction – particularly the use of mobile phones - and alcohol and drugs."

TAFE Western Engagement Officer, Customer Innovation Fiona Westcott, who helped facilitate the program with input from TAFE Western Automotive Head Teachers Brian Musgrove and Paul Chaseling, said TAFE Western was thrilled to support such a worthwhile initiative.

“The RMS road safety team approached TAFE Western about this project and we thought it was a great opportunity to influence some of the road’s most at-risk users,” Mrs Westcott said.

“At TAFE Western we pride ourselves on offering students a safe working environment and anything that we can do to help ensure our students get to and from their training safely is very worthwhile.

“We all need to be delivering the same message to our apprentices regarding road safety and this message needs to be consistent between the employer, training provider and RMS.”

The first road safety workshop for TAFE Western apprentices will be held tomorrow (March 1) at 12.30pm at the Narromine Road Automotive department in Dubbo.

It’s anticipated that six workshops will be held over the next few months to ensure all TAFE Western apprentices are catered for.

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