Year 10 students attend RAA’s Street Smart High
Posted on November 08, 2021
In October, we joined with over 70 schools in South Australia’s largest youth road safety event, RAA’s Street Smart High.
Our year 10 students arrived at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to improve their road safety knowledge, skills and attitudes.
The four-hour program included a simulated crash scene, real life stories from people whose lives have been affected by road trauma, and a demonstration on the importance of ANCAP star ratings when choosing a car.
RAA Community Engagement Senior Manager, Ben Haythorpe, said it was vitally important to educate novice drivers about the risks and dangers they faced when they get in a car or on a motorcycle.
“People aged 16-24 years make up 13 per cent of the population but accounted for 21 per cent of all fatalities in SA over the past 2 years,’’ he said.
“Young people need to be exposed to road safety education consistently, and over many years, in order to develop positive road safety attitudes and behaviours.
“I’m confident road safety education is impacting positively on students’ attitude to risk taking on our streets and contributing to this long-term reduction in road trauma.
More than 60,000 year 10-12 students from over 80 schools across the State have attended Street Smart High since it began in 2009.
The event is supported by Think!Road Safety through the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.