Death drives sib­lings

In­struc­tors in­spired on safety

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

TEN years after their fa­ther died in a crash, Dirk (32) and Rebekah Zarb Cousin (26) are work­ing to im­prove road safety as driv­ing in­struc­tors.

Their fa­ther Darry died on July 3, 2008, around the cor­ner from the fam­ily’s Quinns Rocks home shortly after leav­ing for work.

As the fa­ther-of-three (52) turned from Santa Bar­bara Pa­rade into Marmion Av­enue, an­other ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling north on Marmion Av­enue col­lided with his car about 6.50am.

Rebekah said both her par­ents had been driv­ing in­struc­tors since 1997 and her fa­ther used to teach the 19-year-old driver of the other ve­hi­cle, who was con­victed of two counts of reck­less driv­ing for hooning and speed­ing.

Their mother An­gela shut down the fam­ily’s driv­ing school after the crash and be­came a driv­ing as­ses­sor.

Want­ing to con­tinue their fa­ther’s legacy, Dirk be­came a driv­ing in­struc­tor six years ago, re­opened the busi­ness, Driv­ing West Mo­tor School, and re­cruited his sis­ter as an in­struc­tor about 18 months ago.

Rebekah said be­ing one of WA’s youngest driv­ing in­struc­tors helped her re­late to stu­dents.

The Quinns Rocks res­i­dent said she en­cour­aged young driv­ers to step back and think about the reper­cus­sions be­fore driv­ing by telling her fa­ther’s story.

“Think twice about speed­ing or do­ing burnouts or us­ing your phone while driv­ing or get­ting into a car with an­other mate who’s been drink­ing,” she said. The sib­lings spoke to the

Times ahead of the 10th an­niver­sary of their fa­ther’s death today.

“We are in this com­mu­nity now to help peo­ple learn how to drive safely,” Dirk said.

The Clark­son res­i­dent said it was im­por­tant for driv­ers to make the right de­ci­sions when in con­trol of a “pow­er­ful weapon”.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d484471

Rebekah Zarb Cousin and her brother Dirk with a pic­ture of their fa­ther Darry.

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