RAC vis­its Pil­bara stu­dents

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

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.

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