30 Jun 2013

Young West Coasters warned of road dangers

2:14 pm on 30 June 2013

Schools on the West Coast are taking action after it was revealed the number of children and young people dying in road accidents there is twice the national average.

West Coast District Health Board has released figures showing that 22 young people died in car crashes in the region between 2002 and 2011, one of the highest rates in the country.

After losing several students to road accidents, the principals of Greymouth High School and John Paul II High School have invited driving instructors to speak to pupils at assembly to highlight the importance of driving safely.

Health professionals have also joined the campaign to remind young people, and their parents, of the dangers of driving in unsafe vehicles, being on the roads in bad weather and driving while using drugs or alcohol.