RACQ 'Docudrama' Program Aims To Reduce Road Trauma For Young Drivers Photo:
Trevor Collett | Apr, 08 2014 | 0 Comments

The RACQ and the Queensland Government have remodelled the ‘Docudrama’ road safety program for 2014 in an effort to prevent road trauma among young drivers.

The state government will provide around $500,000 for the project over three years, as the RACQ aims to take the Docudrama program to 33 schools in south-east and central Queensland.

Docudrama in its original form is the work of retired school teacher, Barry Collis, and has been refreshed for 2014 from the model established 22 years ago.

Clayfield College students in Brisbane were the first to experience the new Docudrama, which focuses on decision making processes to reduce the risk of a collision.

A mock crash was witnessed by 100 Grade 12 students, before RACQ education officers led a de-brief about the circumstances leading up to the collision.

Accepting lifts from questionable drivers and the effects of drugs and alcohol were among the issues discussed, and the students were asked to vote anonymously on how they would react in a range of scenarios.

“Around 40 percent of deaths in teenagers and young adults aged between 15-25 years in Queensland are caused by road crashes,” RACQ’s David Contarini said.

“We aim to reduce this horrifying statistic through our new Docudrama program which shows teenagers how to make informed decisions to reduce their risks on the road.”

A similar program from the Fit2Drive Foundation was launched last month for school students in Victoria.

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