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Event keeping seniors safe on the roads

The Seniors Roadshow
The Seniors Roadshow will be held on Thursday, 5 May at the Bundaberg Multipelx.

Whether you are looking to brush up on the road rules, or learn more about caravan and towing tips, there is something for everyone at the upcoming Seniors Roadshow.

The roadshow will be held on Thursday, 5 May, hosted by RACQ and Queensland Police Service, in partnership with Bundaberg Regional Council to provide important information on a range of topics.

These topics include:

• Recent changes to Queensland road rules
• Medical considerations when driving
• Alternative transport options
• Caravan and towing tips
• Road rules and a quiz
• Question and answer sessions

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said Council’s support for the community event gave residents the opportunity to be informed and to remain safe.

“By supporting events such as this, Council are ensuring that the community have access to a wide range of information, and very importantly, that they are up to date in relation to the latest road rules,” Cr McPhee said.

“It will give them the opportunity to ask questions of the experts in this space.

“We are proud to support this great event and encourage anyone who may have any questions about roads, road rules, safety or transport options, to attend.”

Senior Constable Brittany Duncan from Bundaberg Police said keeping up to date with current road rules was a necessity in maintaining a licence.

“Anyone who has held their driver’s licence for a few decades would have witnessed the change in our roads and the new rules that go hand in hand,” Senior Const Duncan said.

“If you have ever been in a situation as a driver that you were not so sure about, whether it was overtaking on the highway or which indicator to use on the roundabout, then come along and have your questions answered.

“We also want to give seniors the tools to feel safe when driving while making the right decisions for both themselves and other road users.

“The other major focus will be recent changes to Queensland road rules as well as medical considerations when driving.”

Snr Const Duncan said the event provided the opportunity for an open discussion in a relaxed environment with question-and-answer sessions allowing seniors to clarify any concerns they may have.

“In Queensland, it is not compulsory to participate in road rules refresher courses so attending the senior’s roadshow is a fun way to learn about the new road rules in a relaxed environment and to clarify any questions or concerns about any particular road rules,” she said.

“We want our seniors to have the confidence to continue driving for as long as they continue to feel comfortable and are medically fit to do so.”

RACQ to present Years Ahead program

RACQ Education Officer Dave Terry said their Years Ahead program would cover a range of topics, which would help drivers to keep safe on the roads.

“The RACQ Education team is really looking forward to presenting our Years Ahead program to the Bundaberg and Bargara communities in early May,” he said.

“Most people get their license when they are 16 or 17 and don’t do any refresher course after that. Years Ahead helps older motorists learn about recent changes to the Queensland road rules, as well as being aware of their own capabilities.

“Driving safely relies on good perception, judgement, and physical capability. As you get older, some of these things can become impaired – increasing the risk of being involved in a crash. RACQ is committed to keeping all drivers safe on our roads.

“We also guide participants through the process of when they do need to hang up their car keys. It can be daunting, so we look at what services or alternative transport options are available in their area to help seniors stay active and involved in their community”.

Spaces at the event are limited, so bookings are essential.

You can book by calling 4130 4150 by Friday, 30 April.

Event details:
What: Seniors Roadshow
Where: Function Room, Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre
When: Thursday, 5 May
Time: 9.30am for a 10 am start
Cost: Free

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