Learn to bstreetsmart
Last week, Perth Arena Founding Partner RAC hosted the RAC bstreetsmart event at Perth Arena during Country Week. The event saw students from WA’s rural and regional high schools witness first-hand the consequences of distracted driving and the impact of road trauma.
RAC bstreetsmart is a free road safety event for WA students in Years 10 to 12, with the Country Week event taking place every second year.
RAC has staged two bstreetsmart events at Perth Arena this year with the help of St John Ambulance, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and WA Police, for a collective audience of more than 10,000 Western Australian students.
RAC bstreetsmart involves a re-enactment of a serious car crash, using actors from Theatrical Response Group as victims and real-life paramedics, firefighters and police to demonstrate the true impact on those involved.
RAC bstreetsmart is purposely confronting and exposes students to the realities of road trauma in the hope they will think twice about their choices when they get behind the wheel or jump in the car with a friend.
Young drivers aged 17 to 24 are among the State’s most vulnerable road users and are over-represented in the crash statistics, making up 20 per cent of all road fatalities in 2015.
As of the end of June, 70 per cent of WA’s road fatalities this year have been in regional areas.
RAC has staged seven bstreetsmart events in WA since 2012.