THE numbers don't lie - drivers aged under 25 are at highest risk of being involved in a fatal crash.
With this in mind, Leeton High School students recently participated in a vital program aimed at increasing awareness of motor vehicle safety.
Senior students took part in the Lemon Car - Student Care Awareness initiative, with help from Leeton Shire Council, which contributed $570 to help cover costs of being involved.
The Lemon Car is unique in the way it provides students with a road safety education program that is not classroom-based and not "chalk and talk".
Leeton High's careers adviser Nadine Goring said it was the only hands-on program in Australia where students were able to inspect a modified car.
"The program has not been at Leeton High School for a few years, however, the response from students and teachers was fantastic, so it's something we will look at offering to our senior students every couple of years," she said.
"The students were able to assess a modified car for faults using diagrams and checklists. Students were then given a checklist to use in the future for what to check and look for when purchasing a second-hand car.
"The students were particularly interested in the section on what constitutes illegal mortification to cars, and what a p-plater can and cannot add to their car.
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"The road safety focus on texting while driving was enlightening and showed the many consequences of motor vehicle accidents."
LHS thanked council for its assistance in bringing the program to the school.
"Road safety and car awareness is crucial for students and young drivers, particularly students in rural areas that rely solely on driving to attend work, school, sport or community events," Mrs Goring said.
"It not only benefits the students, but the community as a whole as hopefully it will reduce road incidents."
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