Sadd promoting happy outcomes to pupils

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Wanaka Students Against Dangerous Driving (Sadd) will be promoting road safety messages this month as part of the “Remember September” campaign.

Mt Aspiring College pupil and Sadd Committee member Kenzie Muir (17), of Wanaka, said the campaign focused on the peer-to-peer education programme’s six principles: Sober Drivers, Safe Speeds, No Distractions, Avoiding Risks, Driving to the Conditions, and Building Experience.

One of the activities was encouraging year seven and eight pupils at Mt Aspiring College to “dress up a door” with road safety messages.

“They have been given a topic like “driving to the conditions”, “safety” and “avoiding risks” so it is like a home room challenge.”

“It will be all around the school, so instead of just influencing the year seven and eights it gets noticed by other students as well.”

Another activity would be a simulation of a car crash at the school run by members of the Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Volunteer Jodie Rainsford, of Wanaka, said some pupils would be placed in the car so they could experience what being involved in a crash was like.

“It is a realistic example of what potentially might happen.”

The emphasis was on how important driving safely was, she said.

“It may not be the kids themselves but other people might crash into you, too.”

Sadd national manager Donna Govorko said the pupils had shown “incredible initiative” in putting together a comprehensive programme for the community.

“Because Sadd is a peer-to-peer education programme, it’s massively important that the safer driving messages give that youth perspective.”