Safety driven home
YEAR 12 school leavers will be driving to Schoolies with the road safety message fresh in their memories.
Burnett State College hosted the Road Attitudes Awareness Program with Gayndah’s firefighters and police last Thursday.
The demonstration involved simulating a two-vehicle crash on Gordon and Pineapple Streets, with firefighters cutting open a smashed car to retrieve a fellow firefighter inside the vehicle.
The demonstration was a valuable lesson in road safety as students witnessed how emergency responders handled a crash site.
Students were educated on the Fatal Four; speeding, drink and drug driving, failing to wear seat belts and driving tired.
“Road trauma is one of those big things that have been happening a lot in our area,” Gayndah police sergeant Lucas Hampson said.
After the demonstration the students moved into the classroom to learn about road safety.
Theywore goggles to experience how drinking alcohol severely impairs co-ordination.
The RAAP program coincides with Operation Q-Blitz, which aims to reduce the number of traffic crashes on the state’s roads ahead of the Christmas period.
North Coast Regional Operations co-ordinator Chief Superin- tendent Ray Pringle said 241 lives had already been lost on Queensland roads this year with 69 deaths in the North Coast region.
This is 20 more than the same time last year.
“We are pleading to motorists to take extra care on our roads, follow the fatal four and ensure they don’t become another statistic.”
ROAD AWARENESS: Gayndah firefighters cut the doors off a vehicle as Burnett State College Year 12 students watched.