Safety driven home

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCHOOL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

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.”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

ROAD AWARE­NESS: Gayn­dah fire­fight­ers cut the doors off a ve­hi­cle as Bur­nett State Col­lege Year 12 students watched.

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