RAC visits Pilbara students
The RAC visited schools around the region over the past week to enlighten young drivers about important road safety measures.
The Community Education team visited schools including Newman Senior High School, Hedland Senior High School, Port Hedland Primary School and Newman Primary School.
RAC Manager of corporate affairs Will Golsby said working with the community by promoting road safety messages was important to reduce the number of road fatalities and serious injuries in the region.
“The continued loss of lives and serious injuries on WA roads shows how vital it is to educate students from an early age,” he said. In 2016, drivers aged 17-24 accounted for 21 per cent of fatalities, despite only making up 11 per cent of the population.
This year, there have already been 51 fatalities on regional roads.
Throughout the visit, secondary students were informed about the importance of being a responsible passenger and the effects of alcohol, speed and reckless behaviour.
Mr Golsby said while many young drivers recognise risky behaviour on the roads, a large contingent still engaged in dangerous activities while driving.
The presentations combine visual, factual and interactive learning activities in a road safety workshop.