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Organisations promoting driver safety in schools

In addition to NZTA, there are three main non-profit organisations that promote driver safety in schools. As 15-19-year-olds are the drivers most at risk, these organisations run workshops and provide material that helps young drivers make the right choice, and to help them resist peer pressure. They also attend or run events in the local communities.

Mothers Against Impaired Driving

MAID is run by Road Safe HB, which is part of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. A priority road safety issue in Hawke’s Bay is alcohol and drug-impaired driving, and MAID’s aim is to influence people not to drive after drinking or taking drugs, and not to get in a car driven by a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It offers advice on how to help stop your mates getting behind the wheel when impaired, and the importance of having a plan that includes a sober driver or a safe way of getting home.

The workshops look at the probabilities and possibilities of accidents occurring, and the real risks to the driver, the passengers and their families.

Visit website: http://www.maid.org.nz/

Students Against Dangerous Driving

Originally called Students Against Driving Drunk, SADD rebranded in 2014 to cover a range of dangerous driving types. The organisation has been around for over three decades, starting in 1981 in the USA. It was introduced to NZ in 1985.

SADD offers a program that can be run in any secondary school. Students at the school help design an education program based on the information provided by SADD.

The social goals are to help secondary school students see drink driving as socially unacceptable and to give them alternatives to drinking and driving.

The website is woefully out-of-date (as at March 2015). Visit website: http://www.sadd.org.nz/


Brake is a road safety charity founded in England that has a branch in NZ. There is a teacher zone with resources available for children from preschoolers to late teens. There is a large focus on lower speeds, speed awareness and eliminating the factors that cause accidents. Brake also recognises cellphone use and driving intoxicated as significant causes of road trauma.

Visit Brake’s teacher resources: http://brake.org.nz/info-resources/teacher-zone

Darren is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the NZ Motoring Writers' Guild

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