Road safety more than a game

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

YEAR 2 and 4 stu­dents from Dar­ling­ton Pri­mary School were among the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the new gam­ing-style Con­sta­ble Care Safety School in May­lands.

The school is the first road safety ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity of its kind in WA and teaches chil­dren life-sav­ing road safety skills in a re­al­is­tic ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, with a ful­ly­func­tional rail­way cross­ing, traf­fic lights, roads and build­ings.

Teacher Lynne Finch said road safety lessons were im­por­tant all year round.

“They need to be reg­u­larly re­in­forced,” she said.

“When chil­dren get ex­cited, they of­ten get dis­tracted and may for­get what they have learnt.”

Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grib­ble said few peo­ple re­alised road trauma was a lead­ing cause of death for chil­dren in WA.

“The Con­sta­ble Care Safety School will help to re­duce the num­ber of kids killed or in­jured on WA roads by us­ing a best-prac­tice early in­ter­ven­tion ap­proach,” he said.

“The best piece of safety equip­ment we can give our chil­dren is knowl­edge.”

While one group of stu­dents learn to nav­i­gate the roads on bi­cy­cles, the other group of stu­dents act as pedes­tri­ans and learn to safely in­ter­act with haz­ards such as on­com­ing cars or fallen pow­er­lines, which are sim­u­lated us­ing cut­ting edge gam­ing-style aug­mented re­al­ity.

“The aug­mented re­al­ity com­po­nent is es­pe­cially ex­cit­ing as it al­lows the stu­dents to practise fac­ing haz­ards in a real-life en­vi­ron­ment, with­out ever be­ing in dan­ger,” Mr Grib­ble said.

“This gam­ing-style ap­proach is very en­gag­ing for chil­dren and helps them re­tain these life-sav­ing lessons.”

Emma Cooper was ex­cited to try out the new Con­sta­ble Care Safety School.

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