8000 South Australian Students Exposed to the Reality of Road Trauma
Over two days at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre over 8000 students from across South Australia attended the state’s largest road safety awareness event, Street Smart High.
Street Start High, an event delivered by RAA with the support of MAC as the major partner, allows Year 10 to 12 High School students to see and hear about the life-altering impact of road trauma and the importance of road safety in preventing loss of life.
Over the event, road trauma victims talk about how their lives have changed because of decisions they, or others, have made on the road.
With the collaboration of South Australia Police, the Metropolitan Fire Service and South Australian Ambulance Service, simulated crash scenarios demonstrate crash factors and their outcomes and the impacts and decisions that can change everyone’s lives and those of their families.
Road crashes are one of the leading causes of death for people under the age of 25 and Street Smart High is another initiative aiming to reduce the loss of life of young people on our roads.
MAC Road Safety Communications Manager Matt Hanton said it was important to educate young people on adopting safe driver behaviours in an effort to prevent further serious injury and loss of life on our roads.
“We hope that through exposure our young people can begin driving with the right behaviours and recognise that while they may have seen inappropriate behaviours by others, they are not influenced by these and choose to make their own smart decisions.” said Mr Hanton.
The event was established over a decade ago and this year’s attendance is the largest in the history of the event and is again providing students with vital road safety education as many just get, or are about to get, their driver’s licence.