Students introduced to road safety

Steve Werfel speaks to Year 11 students from Clare High School on Wednesday morning as part of the Rotary Young Driver Awareness programme.
Steve Werfel speaks to Year 11 students from Clare High School on Wednesday morning as part of the Rotary Young Driver Awareness programme.

More than 200 Year 11 students from high schools around the region took part in the annual Rotary Youth Driver Awareness programme this week.

Held at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre on June 11 and 12, a total of 215 students from Clare High School, Burra Community School, Riverton and District High School, Balaklava High School and Horizon Christian School took part.

In its 11th year, the programme was organised by Rotary Club of Clare and aimed to educate the youth of the region on the importance of being safe on the road.

On Tuesday, students from Riverton and Balaklava participated, while on Wednesday it was students from Clare, Burra and Horizon who took part.

Students would normally partake in six interactive workshops, however this year it was reduced to five on Wednesday.

The usual Speed and Stopping workshop, which features a practical demonstration of speed and stopping distance on Station Road, was shelved due to the large downpour overnight.

Other workshops included Drive S.O.S (So Others Survive), the 'I' in drive, road choices, crash investigators and Genevieve's story.

Guest speakers throughout the sessions included representatives from RAA, Employment Directions and the South Australian Police Force.

Clare's Steve Werfel spoke to the students as part of the crash investigators workshop, which touched on a motorcycle accident in 1974 which left him paralysed.

Mr Werfel was travelling home from Victoria to South Australia for his 21st birthday when he, and a passenger, were flung from the motorcycle at 3:30am.

They had swerved to miss a kangaroo.

As a result of the crash, Mr Werfel suffered a spinal injury which confined him to a wheelchair and paralysed him from the pectorals down.

The talk also touched on Mr Werfel's rehabilitation and how he did not let his new life define him.

Despite not being in use on Wednesday, Mid North Motor Co provided a car for the Speed and Stopping demonstration.

Pies, pasties and sausage rolls were provided by Little Red Grape bakery, while Woolworths provided fruit and water.