REDUCE RRISK: Seminars teach young people how to manage alcohol and driving risks.
REDUCE RRISK: Seminars teach young people how to manage alcohol and driving risks. Photo: TREVOR VEALE

Young people learn to manage alcohol and driving risks

IN the lead up to the school holidays and Schoolies Week, Reduce Risk Increase Student Knowledge seminars are coming back to Coffs Coast this month to teach young people how to responsibly manage alcohol and driving risks.

More than 4500 Year 11 students from 52 high schools on the Mid North and North Coast will attend RISSK seminars.

The seminars provide the latest strategies to help young people manage alcohol, drugs and driving risks and teach students practical skills such as how to stay safe when out partying, how to look after drunk friends and how to manage distractions as drivers and passengers.

RRISK seminars will be held at Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour on November 19 and 20.

Road Safety Officer from Coffs Harbour City Council, Anne Shearer, said the sessions are tailored to young people allowing them to actively engage with road safety messages and experts.

"A new young driver session has been developed for RRISK seminars this year which incorporates film, audience interaction and interviews with road safety experts," she said.

"We want to encourage the Year 11 students to think about the moments of choice that face them as drivers and passengers, and the different ways they can respond."