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2007 - 2022

15 YEARS OF LIFE SAVING PRESENTATIONS

That's a wrap for 2022. The ROADwhyz team had a bit to deal with this year including the dreaded COVID 19 lockdowns and cancellations. We managed to present to 15 high schools throughout Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. We also held two free community events, one in Newcastle where 60 people attended and one in Maitland where 50 people attended, both held as part of Rural road safety month. We also managed a couple of trade colleges in Maitland. All up The ROADwhyz team presented to approximately 3000 current and potential young drivers as well as a few full licenced drivers. On a personal note I was proud to receive the OAM for my work with road safety and community but it would not be possible without the passionate support of all the first responder's who volunteer their time to present a powerful message about 'Choice & Consequence'. This is what makes ROADwhyz what it is. We look forward to returning to our school in 2023.

Pictures above from our last school: Hunter River High School Heatherbrae NSW. 

October 2022 saw ROADwhyz co-founder Michelle Davis presented with the Order of Australia medal for service to road safety, and to the community. " I feel very honoured to have a wonderful team of first responders who are equally passionate about ensuring we educate young drivers about the consequences of poor choices within a motor vehicle". Michelle is also co-founder of the H.O.P.E Support group which supports parents who have lost children.

Michelle in the presentation room at Government House

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Charity Ball for ROADwhyz

Posted by ROADwhyz on November 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Had a wonderful night last night at ROADwhyz charity ball,120 + people in attendance, raised $13,350.00. Thanks so much to the efforts of the Cessnock ambos, Jo and Lee who organized it all...this will ensure we are able to visit schools for at least another 2 years, on top of the money we already have we have 4 years+ of life left in ROADwhyz...Thanks again to the community for seeing the value in educating our young drivers.

Plan for P-plate curfew

Posted by ROADwhyz on October 19, 2011 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

BY MICHELLE HARRIS

20 Oct, 2011 06:36 AM

NOVICE P-plate drivers would be forced off the road overnight on Friday and Saturday under a plan to crack down on road fatalities that the state government will investigate.

NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat has advised the government to consider a curfew for P1 provisional licence holders from 11pm until 5am on the two evenings.

It is among recommendations for improving safety for young drivers.

In a report released yesterday, Mr Achterstraat found fatal crashes involving young drivers had halved in the past decade, coinciding with an enhanced graduated licensing system.

But the better results were in metropolitan areas, including Newcastle, compared with rural and regional NSW.

Young drivers were still over-represented in statistics, making up 25 per cent of fatal crashes, but only 16 per cent of licensed drivers.

High-risk behaviour was mostly to blame.

In 2010, the Hunter accounted for 15.4 per cent of the total 11,015 recorded crashes involving P-plate drivers in NSW.

Only this month, three teenagers died after a long-weekend two-car crash at Campvale.

The curfew is similar to one former roads minister Carl Scully proposed in 2004 prohibiting drivers under 21 from being on the road between 10pm and 6am.

The government dumped the proposal amid a backlash the measure would disadvantage shift workers.

Mr Achterstraat recommended more support be provided to learner drivers from low socio-economic backgrounds and remote areas, and that P1 drivers be limited to carrying one passenger at any time.

Michelle Davis, who lost her two teenage sons in a car crash at Morpeth in 2005, said better education for young drivers was needed, rather than a curfew that would be hard to police in rural areas.

Mrs Davis is behind the Roadwhyz campaign that tells students about the consequences of crashes.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the RTA was implementing several of the recommendations and would investigate the rest.

Local Newspaper - Opinion Piece

Posted by ROADwhyz on October 6, 2011 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

ROADwhyz continues

Posted by ROADwhyz on April 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Thanks to the generosity of several Hunter Mines and businesses attached to those mines ROADwhyz was recently presented with a grand total of $10,000.00 worth of cheques to be used to support the ongoing efforts of the team to get the message of Road Safety choice and consequences out there. We would like to say a huge thank you to the following people:

P Draney (Personal Cheque) Hassall Auctions Promine Contracting Singleton Betts Bower Haulage

Best Tractor Parts Mnt Thorley Expressway Spares Pty Ltd Mnt Thorley Myne Signs Mnt Thorley

Ravensworth Mines cheque and a cash donation TOTAL - $10,000.00

What this means for ROADwhyz....... This means that we will continue to deliver the presentation in its current capacity, we will be able to give the kids the info packs and car related prizes (eg:L & P plate frames) at each presentation and we will be able to travel a little further in order to show people how they too can set up the program, so that all kids in all schools have access to this strong, hard hitting real approach to road safety education

               

Sunday Night Channel Seven story

Posted by ROADwhyz on February 20, 2011 at 7:32 PM Comments comments (15)

Click on the link for the latest story a must see for all young drivers

 

http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunday-night/

Distractions can kill

Posted by ROADwhyz on February 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM Comments comments (1)

                     Go to the following link for an interesting insight        

 

http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/distracted-drivers/xfbvwfa  

ROADwhyz looking for funding support

Posted by ROADwhyz on January 31, 2011 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (4)

TV Commercials - Road safety message

Posted by ROADwhyz on December 3, 2010 at 3:31 AM Comments comments (0)

This link will take you to some ads that have bee made in the hope to change behaviours on our rodas. It came to me via an email, if you copy the link below and paste it into your web browser you will see it importance...This needs to passed around to every one who has the keys to a vehicle and the capability of driving while under the influence with impaired judgement and the possibility of causing a life changing incident. I hope that by passing this along, it will make a difference and if just one life is saved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Z2mf8DtWWd8

Driving Test – New Changes For Learner Drivers

Posted by ROADwhyz on September 22, 2010 at 5:49 AM Comments comments (0)

      Your driving school or driving instructor may have already made you aware of new changes made to the laws that govern learner drivers but for those yet to get their learner license, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest changes in the law and restrictions that apply to having a learner license.

The large majority of motorists on our roads drive safely every day on our Australian roads and do so in accordance with the law. Unfortunately, statistics show that learner drivers under the age of 20 represent a large portion of people involved in motor vehicle accidents. This is more to do with lack of experience than any other factor.

Because learning to drive can be a difficult yet exciting time for new drivers, the Australian government has introduced new changes to the learner license that apply from the 28th of September, 2009.

 

The changes include;

If a learner driver receives 4 or more demerit points in a 3 year period, their license will now be suspended for a period of 3 months

Minimum 4 demerit points received on a learner driving for a speeding offense

Essentially any speeding offense will result in a loss of license for 3 months

 

SEE MORE IN THE FORUM SECTION - HAVE YOUR SAY

ROADwhyz travels to Grafton

Posted by ROADwhyz on May 18, 2010 at 10:31 PM Comments comments (1)

The ROADwhyz team was recently asked to attend the local High School at Grafton, this was a special request as the school had recently lost two of its students in a road crash and the school felt this was a good time to reinforce to the students that they are not bullet proof.

 

On the day Michelle, Chaplin Bert Geary and Paul from the Ambulance service delivered the presentation as the rest of our team were busy with work duties. We had a local High patrol officer fill in for us up there and he did a brilliant job, in attendance were two local Ambulance officers who want to start ROADwhyz in the local area.

 

A reporter attended on the day and this was his article in the news paper the following day....

 

The Daily Examiner Grafton

More Northern Rivers News »

19th May 2010

 

• Ambo drives home warning

THE chuckles and murmuring of teenage bravado were silenced the instant paramedic Paul Alexander began to speak.

“You are so close to being adults that we are going to treat you like adults,” he said.

“Some people will be physically and emotionally affected by what they see here today.

“If we see anyone laugh or smirk at an inappropriate time they will be dragged out of their seats so fast their shoes will be left behind.

“If you don’t believe me – try me ... we are talking about life and death.”

No one tried him – and I doubt any of the students had heard the likes of what they were about to hear.

The group, from a generation renowned for its short attention span, scarcely moved for almost two hours.

Paul went on explain how he’d seen only one motor vehicle accident in his 14 years as an ambulance paramedic but he’d seen hundreds of motor vehicle crashes, which were completely avoidable – the result of poor driving choices.

“That’s what makes our jobs so bloody frustrating,” he said.

He used some of his stories as gruesome examples of the effects of rapid deceleration.

Paul said he would never forget the sound made by the broken bones of a 16-year-old boy as he dragged his dead body from a car wreck to save the boy’s 13-year-old brother.

That boy died instantly, he said, because his spinal cord had been ripped from his skull.

Other common effects of deceleration, he said, were muscles being torn from bones and hearts being ripped from aortas.

The horrific stories continued – a young girl whaling and screaming in pain while trapped: “After a while her screams died down to moans. The moans turned to gurgled sounds. The gurgles turned to silence.”

But these stories were not told to simply scare the audience, Paul assured them.

“They are to demonstrate the consequences that exist out there if you make a poor choice driving,” he said.

For those not convinced about the consequences, Paul explained how those who survived crashes after driving recklessly often faced jail – and it was no tea party.

Paul said a male rape victim at Cessnock had grabbed him on the ankle, pleading with him not be sent back to jail after being stitched up after an attack.

“We are critically aware that some of you have been touched by tragedy recently,” he said.

“That’s one of the reasons that we are here today.

“Please do not let their deaths be in vain – please learn something from it.”

The video footage that followed showed a barrage of fatal crash scenes, grieving parents at those scenes and dead bodies of attractive young people – much like those watching – being dragged into body bags on the roadside.

By this stage the message was hitting its target hard – an ambulance chaplain walked around distributing tissues to crying youngsters and friends comforted each other.

But the most powerful speaker was yet to take the microphone.

Michelle Davis of Newcastle lost both her teenage sons, Brendan, 19, and Matt, 16, on July 14, 2005, in a road crash only minutes from her home.

The car was doing 120km/h in a 70km/h zone.

But the students didn’t know all that when Michelle asked them to raise their hands if they’d been in a car when the driver was speeding – almost all the students raised their hands.

“From today – you say no,” she said.

“I don’t want your mother to live the pain I live every day.

“I want you to think of your mums when I tell you this.”

The last words Michelle said to her son, on the phone 45 minutes before his death, were, “I love you, too, mate”.

Michelle took the audience through the afternoon of her sons’ deaths – how two female police officers appeared at her door on the evening two hours after the crash, asked her to confirm her name, insisted she sit down and then said the words: “We’re sorry to inform you that both your sons have been killed in a motor vehicle crash today at Morpeth and we have to get you there.”

“Now your mum might do what I did – I panicked and tried to ring my son’s phone, they must have made a mistake I’d just spoken to them,” Michelle said.

“I remember sitting down in the kitchen and thinking ‘this doesn’t happen to me – this happens to other people’.”

Michelle’s visit to the morgue to identify her sons was chilling.

“When their dad went in and saw them first – I still don’t have the words to describe the scream that came from that man.

She spoke of how it affected the boys’ little sister, then 10, and how now aged 15; she had ‘hit the wall’ faced with the reality that forever meant forever.

Michelle went on to say that ‘mum and dad will call on your friends to help out’ with choosing the music for the funeral and what to dress the body in.

Saying that her life had ‘turned to shit’ ever since the crash, Michelle explained to the crowd that kids are what parents live for.

“Pretty much, you’re what we do everything for,” she said.

“Brendan had been driving since he was 13, he was raised on a farm, he raced in rallies – driving is not the problem.

“We know you can drive but you’re not bullet proof.”

The Grafton-based organisers of yesterday’s event, ambulance officer Peter Maxwell and Grafton High School teacher Vivienne Nichols are hoping to make presentations like yesterday’s a regular occurrence in Clarence


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