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$1m needed to start driving school

Pat McGrath with a photo of his grandson Bryce Wells who died in a car accident in 2006.
Pat McGrath with a photo of his grandson Bryce Wells who died in a car accident in 2006. Jacklyn Wagner

A GOONELLABAH grandfather has called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to fund a Northern Rivers safe driving school instead of contributing $8 million to the coffers of a new A-League soccer franchise in Western Sydney.

Every day Pat McGrath looks with fond memories at a photo of his grandson, Bryce Wells, who was one of four teenagers who died in a car crash at Broken Head in 2006.

He said attending a safe-driver training program similar to the one Southern Cross LADS (Learn About Driving Skills) hopes to introduce may not have made a difference for Bryce and his mates, but it would help cut the number of incidents involving young drivers.

"It's very hard to say if this would have changed things for Bryce," he said.

For five years Bryce's father Rob Wells and a group of dedicated parents have been trying to establish the safe-driving school near Lismore.

Southern Cross LADS have the land at East Gundarimba and now they need about $1 million to construct a track so young drivers from the Tweed to Grafton can be schooled in safe driving.

Mr McGrath said the LADS program would help save young lives.

"Since Bryce's accident and what Rob did about getting the new regulations for P-platers up, I reckon it has cut the accidents down a hell of a lot," he said.

"It's the driver every time and not the car."

 

Would you support a safe driving school? Leave a comment below or SMS 0428 264 948.

Topics:  northern rivers




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