School presented with Bridgestone road safety award

Specialist education provider, Emerson School, has been recognised for its contribution to road safety by receiving the Bridgestone Supporting Excellence in Road Safety Education award, which was presented at the school’s annual RYDA program day.

The award recognises and celebrates schools incorporating the RYDA road safety education program into their annual activity and demonstrating a commitment to driving road safety throughout the year with students.

Emerson School caters to students with mild intellectual difficulties, supporting students to meet their potential. The school believes road safety is integral to its objectives and has been a highly engaged and active participant of the RYDA program, provided by Road Safety Education, since 2012.

Beyond its commitment to RYDA, Emerson School has integrated road safety into the general curriculum and has dedicated staff members teaching road safety to students.

“Road Safety Education is a key area to help our students to gain independence, employment and above all the ability to make safe decisions on and around our roads,” said travel and road safety Coordinator at Emerson School, Christine Marlow. “We want to them to be safe drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“Our program includes learning the road rules, using public transport and some basic driving skills. Programs like RYDA help to reinforce the safety message we are teaching and has become a prominent part of the school’s graduate’s calendar. For many of our students, the road safety program has been the support they have needed to gain their L plates and P plates.”

Head of marketing and program delivery at Road Safety Education, John Elliott, said Emerson Schools’ ongoing support of the program is significant for the school’s student base.

“A core pillar of the RYDA program is educating and empowering young drivers, soon to be drivers and passengers to make smart decisions on the road so that others survive, especially the more vulnerable members of society,” said Elliott.

“We’re thrilled that Emerson School places such a significance on arming their students with the knowledge and strategies to identify potentially unsafe behaviours on the road and empowering them to speak up and drive positive outcomes.”

As part of the program, students take part in a workshop featuring a series of sessions led by expert facilitators who address laws, distractions, risk management, social resilience, speed and stopping, peripheral vision, and other critical road safety topics.

Bridgestone has supported RYDA since 2016, with the program forming one of its core partnerships within the company’s global E8 Commitment.

“The RYDA program sets the benchmark for education and empowerment in road safety, and that’s why Bridgestone passionately supports this initiative,” said Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand managing director, Heath Barclay.

“Alongside the providers of RYDA, Road Safety Education Ltd, we believe it’s important to recognise those who place as much importance on education and empowerment in this area as us, and we’re delighted to recognise Emerson School’s incredible contribution to road safety through education.

“Bridgestone places a significant emphasis on fostering safer roads as part of our global long-term vision of being a sustainable solutions provider, and on a local level, RYDA is helping us realise that vision through delivering effective education to the next generation of road users,” added Barclay.

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