Hard lessons learnt by kids
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”.
RESCUE: Burnett State College students witness an emergency crew cut down a car and rescue the driver.