Students in driving seat for road safety

Road safety has been on the agenda for West Coast students this week as the RAA’s Street Smart Primary program visited three schools in the region.

Program manager David Fairlie spoke to students at Streaky Bay Area School, Koonibba Aboriginal School and Ceduna Area School about the importance of road safety awareness both in and out of vehicles.

Students from reception to year 7 were involved in an engaging road safety presentation which featured interactive activities to educate young learners about pedestrian, passenger and cyclist safety.

With statistics showing many fatal road crashes occur on rural roads, Mr Fairlie said RAA was driving home the safety message in regional communities.

“We have been to schools from across the region meeting with students from different year levels to talk about the program,” he said.

“This is a funded program to go around to schools across the state because we feel road safety is as important in the regions as in metropolitan areas.

“The program helps to educate from a young age and we feel visiting schools offers that education for children.”

RAA’s senior manager of community engagement Ben Haythorpe said delivering the program directly to schools was part of the RAA’s long-term commitment to road safety.

“Young children can be especially vulnerable on our roads, unless we equip them with the road skills and knowledge they need to stay safe around traffic,” he said.

Mr Haythorpe said the program was tailored for different year levels.

“Junior primary students in reception to year 2 practice crossing roads safely, while students in years 3 to 5 become traffic scene investigators to learn about road rules and bike helmet safety,” he said.

“For upper primary, the focus is on Year 6 and 7 students learning to make safe choices on and around roads.”