LADS member Rob Wells said a competition for learner drivers would be just one of the announcements to be made on Monday night
LADS member Rob Wells said a competition for learner drivers would be just one of the announcements to be made on Monday night

LADS sets safety wheels in motion

By DOMINIC FEAIN dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au

SOUTHERN Cross LADS Inc. has made it through its first year and is going strong.

The road safety organisation is marking the moment with a special meeting at the Lismore Workers Club on Monday night.

The organisation, set up by the families of four teenagers killed in a car accident at Broken Head in 2006, has raised more than $260,000 since its formation and plans to publicly allocate the cash at Monday’s meeting.

While the bulk of the funds will go towards the setting up of a driving school aimed at improving road skills and reducing road deaths, a few surprise announcements are in store, according to member Rob Wells.

“Our chairman Don King will be launching a competition for learner drivers and there will be some very special surprise announcements too,” he said.

“We’ll be taking the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the past 12 months and welcome new people who are interested in joining.” Membership of LADS is only $1.

“Lots of people have been asking us where we are up to with LADS and the driver education facility,” he said.

Mr King will also be launching the learner driver competition from which eight lucky learner drivers will get the chance to win nine driving lessons.

“It’s been a big year for our community based, not-for-profit organisation and we hope we can leave a legacy for the whole North Coast,” he said.

If we can put a facility here owned by everyone, for everyone, then there is a chance the boys’ deaths were not totally in vain.”

The meeting will be held at the Lismore Workers Club in Keen Street from 6pm.

All interested people are welcome to attend to help celebrate the Southern Cross LADS driver education facility becoming a reality.



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