The Rotary Club of Goulburn conducted its 19th consecutive annual U Turn the Wheel program on the last week of the second term.
More than 300 students from Year 11 cohorts at Goulburn High School, Mulwaree High School, Crookwell High School, Trinity Catholic College and the Crescent School took part.
The Goulburn campus of the Illawarra TAFE provided their facilities for the program. The event was supported by Goulburn Mulwaree Council road safety officer Tracey Norberg and staff, Volunteers in Policing, and the IMB Bank Community Foundation through their generous funding to cover catering and transportation costs.
The aim of the program is to make potential L and P plate drivers aware of their responsibilities as future drivers to themselves, their friends and family and the community in general. It also aims to reduce accident risk.
These students took part in a six-part day-long program involving information and interaction with groups such as a Brain Injury Unit, Drugs and Alcohol, role playing with emphasis on peer pressure, police and ambulance officers and their choices in the purchase of their first car.
The day’s activities included a barbecue lunch provided by the Rotary Club.
The program has been running for 19 years, firstly starting at the PCYC before moving to TAFE. The Rotary Club of Goulburn has funded it for the past 12 years, with help from sponsors. The day costs $3000 to $3500 to stage.
It’s estimated that 4000 to 5000 students have been educated about their driving responsibilities over the years.
At the recent Rotary District 9710 Changeover the Rotary Club of Goulburn was awarded the District Youth Service Award for 2017-18 for U Turn the Wheel and a plaque and certificate were issued to commemorate this achievement.