Getting safety message across
ABOUT 500 South West high school students were given a stark reminder of the dangers of texting while driving during one of the biggest crash scene simulations ever hosted by St John Ambulance WA.
Staged at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday, the event involved paramedics, country youth ambulance officers, police and students from Manea College’s health and medical program who acted as first responders to a simulated vehicle accident.
The Year 10 and Year 11 students from Donnybrook District High School, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and Manea College got to see how a crash scene was managed and witnessed firsthand the consequences for those involved.
More than 160 people died on WA roads last year, with 91 deaths in regional areas.
St John Regional training and services coordinator Annette Mateljan said young people needed to understand the immediate and long-term consequences of inattention while driving.
“Many of these students will soon be at an age when they’ll be able to drive, which is why it’s so important they recognise what can and does happen when drivers become distracted,” she said.
“We hear road safety messages regularly, but often that doesn’t have the same impact as actually seeing the consequences played out before your eyes.
“By showing students what paramedics, police and first responders see at the scene of a serious crash, we’re ultimately hoping they will think twice before reaching for their phones while driving.”
Year 12 Manea College students and St John event officers Time Ferguson, Kaleesha Johnson and Bronte Peacock tend to “Annie” and Rural Clinical School student Randolph Dobson.