Teen Drivers Schooled in Flash Flood Safety

Illawarra learner drivers live in one of the State’s top flash flood areas.

The Ultimate Learner Log Book Run is event aimed at local learner drivers, teaching them about floodwater and different types of flooding.

The NSW SES Shellharbour Unit joined forces with other local emergency response agencies to show the dangers of driving through floodwaters.

“The Illawarra is one of the top flash flood rescue areas in the state and we’re often called to assist local drivers who make a poor decision during heavy rains,” says NSW SES Shellharbour Deputy Unit Commander and Team Leader Ray Merz.

“It’s not only a great opportunity to talk to young drivers, but to show them the amount of resources needed to rescue someone.”

The Run involves learners and their supervisors driving a set route while stopping at waypoints for interactive displays by the NSW State Emergency Service, Highway Patrol, NSW Fire Rescue and the Police Crash Investigation Unit.

Displays included road safety: random breath and drug testing, simulated crash rescues using the jaws of life and how fatal crashes are investigated.

The Ultimate Learner Log Book Run a popular event organised by Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong Councils. It was held at the Oak Flats Ski Park with support from Lake Illawarra PCYC.

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