Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Project Manager Marie Daix is all for road safety. Photo Sarah Barnham / The Observer
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Project Manager Marie Daix is all for road safety. Photo Sarah Barnham / The Observer Sarah Barnham

Grant helps international students learn about our roads

DRIVERS of Gladstone can now feel a little safer on the road thanks to the 2015 NRMA Insurance Community Grant.

Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours received the $5000 worth of funding to go towards a community road safety program for international students or students with a cultural background to be held at local high schools.

The Welcome to Australian Roads project will hold workshops and information sessions.

WIN project manager Marie Daix said the program aimed to educate students on road rules, the law and local driving schools.

"At WIN we know how hard it is to settle in a new country, without knowing the road laws and penalties or how to go about getting a licence," Ms Daix said.

"The sessions will be a safe place for students to ask whatever they want to know - high school is all about socialising and working casually - both can require having a licence.

"Most international students don't even know where to start - that's what we are for, to help and create awareness of road safety."

Ms Daix said the sessions would also include building an understanding of the road laws.

"For the sessions we will have a police officer present so that students can build up an understanding of how the law works and what to do if they are pulled over," she said.

"We want to break down barriers and make them aware that the law is here to help and ensure that our safety is their number one priority."

The sessions will begin in the next six months; high schools are encouraged to get involved with the program to allow all students a better understanding of road safety.

For more information on the program, phone 0487422142 or click here.



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