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Ministerial 29 June 2009 - SpeedBlitz blues deliver anti-speed

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                              NSW MINISTER FOR ROADS 
                                 MICHAEL DALEY MP 

                               NEWS RELEASE
    SPEEDBLITZ BLUES DELIVER ANTI-SPEED MESSAGE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS
                                                                        Monday, 29 June 2009

Minister for Roads Michael Daley today said that students from around Nowra would have the
chance to bowl with cricket legends from the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues this week to warn young
drivers about the dangers of speeding.

Mr Daley said that three members of the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues would visit Shoalhaven
Anglican School, Ulladulla High School, Nowra High School, Shoalhaven High School and
Nowra Christian School over the course of the week.

“NSW cricketers Dominic Thornely, Daniel Smith and Grant Lambert will visit schools to
appeal to our young drivers about the dangers of speeding.

“We need motorists to learn from a young age that speeding isn’t smart and it’s just plain
dangerous.

“Speeding is the number one killer on our roads, especially among younger drivers, which is
why we’re working hard to address their behaviour,” he said.

Mr Daley said almost 400 students would be given an opportunity to bowl two deliveries and
have their speed recorded.

“Students will bowl the first delivery as fast as they can and for the second ball they are
encouraged to slow down and take control to increase their accuracy - much like they would in
a car.

“I’m thrilled that some of the best cricketers in NSW are spreading the anti-speeding message
to local schools and communities,” he said.

Mr Daley said the need to get the anti-speeding message across was highlighted by road
statistics which demonstrate that between 2003 and 2007 speed was a factor in 30% of fatal
car crashes in Nowra.

“Speed can have an enormous impact in a crash, with a car travelling at 100kmh having
almost three times the impact of a car travelling at 60kmh,” he said.

The NSW cricket team became known as the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues in 2002 to raise
awareness of the dangers of speeding, particularly among young males who are the most at-
risk group on NSW roads.

Since it began in 2003, the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues ‘On the Road’ program has visited more
than 31,000 students at 180 high schools across NSW.


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The initiative has been developed by the RTA in conjunction with NSW Police and the
Department of Education and Training.




RTA SPEEDBLITZ BLUES ‘ON THE ROAD’

Tuesday 30 June

9:45am   Shoalhaven Anglican School

11:24am Ulladulla High School

Wednesday 1 July

9:15am   Nowra High School

11:45am Shoalhaven High School

1:45pm   Nowra Christian School




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