Hard lessons learnt by kids

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BUR­NETT State Col­lege Year 12 stu­dents were con­fronted with the re­al­i­ties of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents last week.

In the an­nual ac­ci­dent preven­tion work­shop, stu­dents wit­nessed emer­gency ser­vices re­mov­ing a fire­fighter from a crushed car at Gayn­dah Show­grounds.

Pre­sen­ter and Gayn­dah fire cap­tain Ron Mitchell said the live demon­stra­tion was valu­able.

“We cut up a car -– take the roof and doors off – to show what hap­pens if they prang it,” cap­tain Mitchell said.

“We teach them a lit­tle bit of road safety, such as don’t drink and drive, and don’t text while driv­ing.”

Statis­tics and videos of peo­ple who have suf­fered ac­ci­dents, “with mes­sages about their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the ac­ci­dent” fol­lowed the dis­play.

Cap­tain Mitchell told stu­dents that 17–24 year-olds made up 27% of Aus­tralian road fa­tal­i­ties in 2010, even though the age group was then 11% of the pop­u­la­tion.

In 2013, the age group ac­counted for almost 26% of the Queens­land road toll, and ap­prox­i­mately 24% of to­tal hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions as a re­sult of road crashes dur­ing the year.

He said causes of car ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing young peo­ple in­cluded al­co­hol, tex­ting, inat­ten­tion and dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Cap­tain Mitchell said “if you’ve saved one life, you’ve done your job”.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RES­CUE: Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dents wit­ness an emer­gency crew cut down a car and res­cue the driver.

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