Students to get street smart with RAA program

PROGRAM: Year 1 students at Ceduna Area School undertake an activity during the last RAA 'Street Smart Program' visit, in 2018.

PROGRAM: Year 1 students at Ceduna Area School undertake an activity during the last RAA 'Street Smart Program' visit, in 2018.

Students from six West Coast primary schools will be in the driving seat to learn about road safety as RAA's 'Street Smart Primary' program comes to the region next week.

The program is an engaging road safety presentation which features interactive activities to educate primary students about pedestrian, passenger and cycling and skateboard activity.

The West Coast program will begin at Crossways Lutheran School on Monday, followed by a trip to Streaky Bay Area School on Tuesday, Karcultaby Area School on Wednesday, Miltaburra Area School on Thursday and both Penong Primary School and Ceduna Area School on Friday.

RAA senior manager of community engagement Ben Haythorpe said delivering the program to schools across the state 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.

Students receive a 45-minute road safety lesson tailored to their year level.

"Early years students in reception to year 2 practice crossing the road safely, while students in middle years investigate ways to keep themselves safe as a pedestrian and when using wheeled devices," Mr Haythorpe said.

"For senior years, the focus is on year 6 and 7 students learning to make safe choices on and around roads as well as using a STEM approach to improving school crossings."

The engaging program for students also aligns with the Australian school curriculum.

"Statistics consistently show most fatal road crashes occur on rural roads, so it's vital we drive home the safety message to our regional communities in the West Coast," Mr Haythorpe said.

"We offer advice and additional resources to teachers, so they can provide follow-up lessons.

"And we also provide information for parents and caregivers, so they can continue to support their child's road safety learning journey at home."