Senior students from Streaky Bay Area School were among the thousands of teenagers in attendance who received a powerful lesson about road safety at RAA's Street Smart High event this month.
RAA's Street Smart High, supported by event partner Motor Accident Commission (MAC), is the state's largest youth road safety event and was hosted at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre with 8000 students from 76 schools from across South Australia in attendance.
Students witnessed a simulated crash scene, including pre and post-crash outcomes and also heard from young people whose lives had been affected by road trauma.
They also interacted with leading community, state government and industry organisations who provide programs that aim to keep young people safe.
Streaky Bay student Hayden Brands said the RAA event definitely made him think about road safety all over again.
"Especially the road crash recreation and personal stories shared by others," the 16-year-old said.
Streaky Bay Area School support officer Tom McArthur said the event provided a strong safety message to the students.
"This event definitely resonates with youngsters and will impact on the way they look at road safety," he said.
RAA general manager of government and public policy Jayne Flaherty said road crashes were one of the leading causes of death for young people under the age of 25.
"Street Smart High is an annual event which aims to demonstrate the devastating reality of road trauma to South Australian high school students," she said.
"It provides an opportunity for students to learn about driving risks and avoid situations that place themselves and others in danger."
Street Smart High is open to students from years 10 through 12 across South Australia, and attendance is free.
A number of regional schools were assisted with their travel expenses for the event by both RAA and MAC.