Jades Legacy was formed one month after the senseless and tragic loss of our daughter Jade Lily Dixson at Dulong on the Sunshine Coast in March 2018. Jade was a passenger in a single vehicle accident which lost control and flipped hitting a tree. The car was driven by a 17-year-old male red P plater.
Naturally after the devastating loss of Jade, the questions of how we could have prevented the accident surfaced. The first thing that came to mind and the thought that has stayed with us since was the need for injury & death prevention on the road. Specifically in regard to educating young adults how to react when a vehicle is out of control. In most cases once a vehicle is out of control it is often too late for inexperienced drivers with ineffective driving skills to regain control of the vehicle again.
We have met and spoken with many First Responders and Leaders in the field of accident prevention. A lack of awareness being a primary contributor. After listening to the experts we feel educating our young adults on driver awareness and attitude behind the wheel of a motor vehicle will equip them with the necessary skills to reduce the risk of finding themselves in an out of control vehicle.
State Government documents indicate that Defensive Driver Training result in higher incidents of road crashes for young males. After reviewing the types of Defensive Driver Training Courses that are currently available, we can now see why these statistics are so high for young males as the majority of the Defensive Driver Training Courses are not designed for young adults between the ages of 15 and 21 in particular young males.
Jades Legacy believes a Government Accredited Defensive Driver Training Course formulated to suit young adults between the age of 15 and 21 will contribute to saving lives. Whilst a Defensive Driver Training Course will not save all lives it will equip the young adults with the information and the skills required to be able to recognise dangers in advance and change their attitude when faced with these dangers.
Members of Jades Legacy have participated in a Defensive Driver Training Course at Road Craft in Gympie. Jades Legacy members found the course to be very educational and emphasised driver awareness of other vehicles on the road and potential hazards. The members noticed a big change of attitude in the year 11 and 12 students that completed the course and the testamonials received from the students are proof of that.
A Government Accreditated Defensive Driver Training Course formulated for young adults will save lives, reduce accidents, save government money and prevent the effects road tradegies have on families and local communities.