WA COLLEGE of Agriculture – Denmark students who travelled to Perth for Country Week were the focus of critical road safety messages from the RAC throughout the event.
More than 3500 students from 51 regional WA high schools travelled to Perth to compete in sports including AFL, soccer, touch rugby, netball, basketball, volleyball and hockey. RAC’s Community Education team offered road safety activities to students to highlight the importance of staying safe on our roads, as well as the effects of alcohol, speed, reckless behaviour, fatigue and distraction.
RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs, Will Golsby said it was crucial to educate young drivers as they transition from supervised driving to provisional and full licences. “Young and inexperienced drivers are some of our most vulnerable road users, particularly in regional Western Australia,” he said. “Last year, road users aged between 20 and 29 made up our highest number of fatalities, and more than 60 per cent of all road deaths occurred in regional WA. “This emphasises the importance of educating future generations about the risks and the tragic consequences of making bad decisions.”
The RAC supported Country Week by providing free water bottles on arrival for students, a water station to fill them up and a chill-out zone to relax. The RAC is also sponsored the debating league where students will discuss road safety issues and compete for prizes, as well as a leadership forum, led by guest speaker Australian Paralympian Brant Garvey.
For the first time, students could also participate in wheelchair basketball, supervised by Paralympians Clare Nott and Robert Pike, who represent Australia in the sport.
School Sport WA Manager, Peter Smith said he was pleased to have RAC as their road safety education partner.
“We appreciate the RAC’s support for students participating in sport and it’s a great opportunity to teach Year 10 to 12 students crucial road safety messages as they prepare to get behind the wheel,” he said.
During Country Week, students had the opportunity to join RAC Road Ready, a free membership which teaches students about road safety, learning to drive and buying their first car.