A group of 11 students from Alexandra and Yea were able to attend the Coolheads program in Shepparton last week.
Alexandra police’s Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Walker and youth resource officer Leading Senior Constable Jane Marks took the group to the program, which is a valuable tool for young drivers and offers presentations from major collisions investigation police, a local magistrate and CFA and SES volunteers.
The audience, made up of more than 400 people, was privileged to hear from a road trauma survivor from Shepparton, who had been severely injured when a driver failed to stop at an intersection and collided with her vehicle in 2015.
The survivor told the audience how she had overcome huge hurdles and endured many painful months of hospitalisation and rehabilitation to get to where she was today and has now been able to return home to care for her family.
It was such an inspiring story for people to hear, and also a timely reminder for drivers to take care on our roads, manage their distractions and ensure their vehicle is roadworthy and safe.
More information about the Coolheads program can be found on the Greater Shepparton City Council website.
The program is free of charge and open to all members of the community.
The next program will be held on November 22.