Students urged don’t risk lives on roads


Already this year, 193 people have died on Queensland roads.

Younger drivers are the most at-risk age group. The RACQ hopes to change that by educating teenagers and ultimately saving lives.

Conor Tobin reports.

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Year 12 students from St James College witnessed a graphic dramatisation of a serious road crash this morning.

It’s part of a program called “Docudrama” which travels to 26 Brisbane and regional high schools each year.

Barry Collis, Docudrama Developer: “The aim of the program is to show the causes and consequences of a road accident, and we use all the people that are normally involved.”

Emergency services, solicitors, funeral directors and even the CareFlight rescue helicopter attended the crash site.

As the students watched each team performed the same routine they would in a real situation giving students a unique insight into what really happens.

Although the scenes here today were confronting, students are glad saying the information they will take away is priceless.

Mike Barrientos, Student: “It just gives me a taste of what I should look out for.”

Louise Quan, Student: “Never make the compromise you know if you feel uncomfortable about the situation then do not get in the car.”

Young people aged between 17 and 25 account for the largest number of road deaths.

The RACQ says it’s critical they understand the consequences of their behaviour on the road.

Joe Fitzgerald, RACQ Spokesperson: “If you minimise the risk taking particularly in the young age bracket, you reduce the chance of casualties or fatalities occurring.”

One person who wasn’t so lucky is Wayne, now a paraplegic after surviving a crash when he was eighteen.

Wayne Horkings, Accident Survivor: “Please don’t think it won’t happen to you, it can happen to anyone, don’t have to be a bad driver, you just make the wrong decision.”

Conor Tobin, QUT News.