A free online learning experience and education tool aimed at Year 9 students, RoadSet, has taken off in Toowoomba – making local roads safer for everyone.
RoadSet, created by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) with support of the Federal Government, aims to address the shocking statistic that road trauma is the biggest killer of Australian kids aged between one and 14 years, and second biggest killer of young people aged 15 to 24 years.
Today the ARSF was joined by local Groom MP Garth Hamilton at Toowoomba Grammar School, in celebration of it joining the pilot program, and to encourage further adoption across the local community.
Founder and CEO ARSF Russell White said it was imperative that the practices of safety were instilled as early as possible, with RoadSet being a critical first step towards a mandatory requirement for young people using the road in any way.
“Too often when we think about road safety we narrow in on just drivers specifically, but the reality is that as road users, every single person as passengers, pedestrians and cyclists have a key role to play in preventing tragic loss of life or injury.” Mr White said.
“This first stage of RoadSet is to embed safety understanding amongst young people to address risks as general road users right now, while also fostering a generation of safer drivers in the future.”
“We’ve worked to make this as simple as possible for schools and community groups to adopt – it’s made available free of charge, takes zero planning or preparation, can be done on any device and aligns with the Year 9 and 10 school curriculum,” he said.
Garth Hamilton MP said road safety is of vital importance for the local Toowoomba community, and he was encouraged by the region’s registration numbers to date.
“If we are to make a difference to our local roads, we need to start by helping our young people develop safer road awareness skills across a range of conditions, environments and scenarios,” Mr Hamilton said.
“Nobody should need to experience the heartache of losing a loved one on the roads, so today I ask the whole Darling Downs community – schools, parents and individuals alike – to ensure every single young person undertakes the free RoadSet program well before getting behind the wheel of a car,” he said.
Head of Senior School at Toowoomba Grammar Mark Oliphant said the RoadSet program had been a hugely valuable addition to its health and safety education and initiatives.
“We know that students need to be engaged in content, it needs to be interactive and easy to digest in order to make an impact, and we’ve found RoadSet to deliver on just that,” Mr Oliphant said.
“It’s been encouraging to see that all our RoadSet participants are engaging in meaningful conversations and RoadSet allows us to start those conversations and we aim to continue them throughout the students secondary schooling.” he said.
Both individual students and parents, as well as teachers and community educators are encouraged to visit www.roadset.com.au on any device to start their RoadSet journey today.
Schools who register before the end of Term 2 will also have a chance to win a meet and greet with Australian driving champion and ARSF ambassador, Craig Lowndes.