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Cool Heads Young Driver program returns to Wallan

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THE Cool Heads Young Driver program is set to return to Wallan Secondary College at the end of this month, helping to address the devastating impact of fatal and serious injury collisions on Victorian roads.

The program is not about teaching young people how to drive, but instead highlights the consequences of distraction and risk-taking while driving to improve the attitude of young drivers.

To date, almost 8000 young drivers have attended a Cool Heads Young Driver program since it began in 2008, with the program recognised at the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards in Canberra last year.

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A parent of a Cool Heads participant said it was important to highlight to young drivers the dangers of driving while distracted or taking unnecessary risks.

“It was factual, raw, real, emotionally sensitive and a real true indication of what we all should be aware of whilst on the road,” they said.

“This is a program I feel should be shared with every teenager who receives their licence and is learning to become a driver on the roads and I would highly advocate for that to occur.”

The two-hour sessions incorporate road trauma visuals and messages, while speakers also share their road trauma experience as either emergency service workers, offending drivers, magistrates or road trauma victims.

Cool Heads aims to provide a sustainable program addressing general road safety issues, prioritising giving young drivers the information required to make informed decisions about their driving behaviour and attitude before an accident occurs.

The Cool Heads program at Wallan Secondary College will be from 7pm on May 31.

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