RRISK sets the pace

A ROAD safety program developed through Lismore City Council has become a benchmark for similar programs across Australia after it was awarded the 2010 Local Government Excellence in Road Safety Award.

The council received the award for the RRISK (Reduce Risk Increase Student Knowledge) Program, which has been running on the Northern Rivers since 1999.

Lismore City Council road safety officer Lisa Marshall said the award followed the program’s recognition by the George Institute of International Health as a ‘best practice’ model for road safety training.

The program works around a single seminar for students, teaching them how to handle emergencies, along with driving danger factors that range from drugs and alcohol, to fatigue and distraction.

The program includes a dramatisation of a car crash involving police, ambulance and rescue workers, followed by a talk from a car crash survivor.

Surveys, some done years later, showed former students were still able to clearly recall the seminar and its lessons. It was those surveys that led to the George Institute best practice classification last year.

The best practice classification and the award was recognition for a program that made young drivers safer, but also helped in its ongoing battle for funding which, Ms Marshall said, came a broad mix of sources.



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