More than 5500 students from 73 schools across WA converged on Perth Arena earlier this month for this year’s bstreetsmart, a road safety event giving senior school students a first-hand look at the impact and effects of a serious traffic crash.
Also attended by patrol officers and senior officers from Major Crash, the event was sponsored by WA Police, RAC, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, St Johns Ambulance and Royal Perth Hospital.
Students heard from people directly impacted by road trauma then were encouraged to make an online pledge to commit to safer driving. They also had the opportunity to speak with counsellors who could help them deal with what was a confronting and realistic depiction of a crash scene.
Assistant Commissioner (Traffic and Emergency Response) Nick Anticich said the event presented realistic sights and sounds to help students to become better and safer road users. “They are risk takers, they succumb to peer group pressure, and more times than not their thinking is not fully matured,” he said. “When you combine those three factors and put them behind the wheel of a car, it’s a combination that can prove dangerous, if not fatal.”
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