Rotary WA, Districts 9455 & 9465 have been announced Finalists in the 2021 Injury Matters Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion Awards for their Rotary WA Driver Education “RWADE” program.  Winners will be announced at a breakfast on Thursday 25th March at the Duxton Hotel Perth.
The finalist category "Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration for a Safer WA” is a tribute to Stakeholders, Community and Schools plus Rotarians in Metropolitan and Regional (Geraldton, Northam and Pinjarra) who have tirelessly worked with Rotary clubs over many years to establish a successful program in their efforts to save young lives.
RWADE fits well with and supports the Driving Change – Road safety strategy for Western Australia 2020 – 2030 aligning with schools in their Keys for Life Program. Last year 2,500 – 3000 students were reached state-wide, with the three Geraldton Clubs running the largest Regional program since 2015.
“Receiving this recognition is very exciting and a credit to so many who have provided ongoing support since our first program” said Rotary WA Coordinator Lindsey Francis.
The program run with WA Rotary and partners WA Police and St John Ambulance, involves Year 10 -11 students before they get their drivers licenses, educating them on road safety including the law and road rules, risks, inattention and driving hazards in a bid to reduce the number of road fatalities and serious injuries to young drivers.
“For Rotary, running RWADE is crucial, we want to raise awareness well in advance for our young people, before they get behind the wheel of a car or motorbike.  We want them to remember and to recall the many areas of safety and care for others, before they become drivers or passengers. 
Road statistics have become a huge concern, there are too many accidents and we need to work at stopping the loss of life NOW!  We need to ensure that young drivers grow up to become adults, and not another road statistic.”
Obtaining a driver’s licence is a dream for most young people, but learning the skills whilst driving on our regional roads has for many come at a cost!  RWADE is all about education of young drivers before they get behind the wheel of a car.
In Geraldton the largest run program regionally, the program includes a Road Train and Motor Bike to raise awareness of the safety aspects of these large vehicles on our regional roads.  A motor bike is placed at the front of the truck to become invisible, once students climbed into the cab they cannot see the Motor Bike, an eye opener for students involved.
The next program in Geraldton will commence on Thursday 11th March 2021 at Towns Football Club and volunteers from the public are welcome to assist on the day.