The Road Ahead : December January 2008
State Government There were two winners in this categor y: Police Sergeant Steve Schaeffer-Steel, from Charleville; and Trevor Neumann, Greer Burgess (both of Queensland Transpor t, Rockhampton) and Derek Nichols, of Rockhampton Police. Sergeant Schaeffer-Steel's Road Safety Western Queensland Style program is designed to reduce the number of rollover crashes involving caravans and camper trailers in south-west Queensland. Trevor Neumann, Greer Burgess and Derek Nichols's school-based Youth Drive Alive program is a nine-week road safety education course, mainly for Year 11 students. This program is relevant to the needs of young people as they embark on the first phase of their driving careers. traffic on the highway had slowed down, and motorists were driving more responsibly, with police statistics showing fewer traffic violations and crashes. Nebo Community Development Group spokesperson Anne Stuar t said the awards were recognition of the achievements of the whole community. "We wouldn't have been able to make a difference without the community on board," Mrs Stuar t said. "Our aim now is to keep awareness up there and to continue to work towards more police presence and road improvements, such as more passing lanes and drop-off shoulders." The group is also encouraging other communities to band together and take ownership of road problems in their area, making a 'how-to-do-it' kit available at their roadside rest-stop. "A lot of things can be done if you think enterprisingly," Mrs Stuar t said. ABOVE: Narelle Baumann, from Nebo Community Development Group, seeks a signature for the road safety petition. BELOW LEFT: Nebo's Norma O'Hanlon campaigning.
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