$1m pledge on road trauma forum

ROAD trauma education for local students is in the spotlight with a funding pledge from Oxley MP Andrew Stoner.

The Opposition Roads Minister and Nationals’ leader announced $1 million over four years to fund the Youth and Road Trauma Forum for NSW students under a Coalition government.

The money would go towards promotion of the Sydney-based forum, which features presentations by trauma staff and survivors to make schools aware they can access the program.

Mr Stoner said the forum accommodated 12,000 students and last year, half were from regional areas, but numbers from the North Coast were low.

He said he wanted to see better promotion of the forum and more liaison with local schools.

“Young people account for 15 per cent of licence holders but represent more than a third of road fatalities,” he said.

“The funds would promote the forum to schools that send their Year 11 and 12 students on excursions to Sydney.

“We need to help students understand the link between speeding or talking on phones and the serious consequences.”

Mr Stoner said an education program run through local schools would minimise the number of students who missed out on driver education during school excursions.”

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