Vital lessons

Left of car, Julie Anne, Jackie, Stephanie, Andre, front of car, Aaron, Tom and, right of car, Michaela, Brodie and Christine were involved in the Roadwhyz Victoria program.

By BRIDGET COOK

STUDENTS at Cranbourne Secondary College were confronted with some graphic images last month as they learnt a valuable lesson on road safety.
The school’s senior students took part in the RoadWhyz Victoria course, which is a joint initiative between emergency services and victims of road trauma to educate young drivers.
As part of the program, students heard from a number of guest speakers and saw graphic content from real life crash sites and people in hospital to show the impacts of road trauma.
The program aims to not only highlight the impact road trauma has on those involved in serious collisions, but also the flow-on effect to family, friends and emergency services.
Cranbourne Secondary College proactive and preventative program manager Jan McAleese said they offered the program to Year 11 and 12 students at a time they were starting to get behind the wheel.
“The first two hours of Roadwhyz is presentation-based and included talks from hospital emergency department nurse specialists, paramedics, police and highway patrol officers and community members who have been touched by road trauma,” she said.
“Students were shown graphic footage.
“Students then formed small groups and began the workshop component of the program, allowing them a more personal interaction with all presenters on the day.
“This was an important part of the program as it allowed some de-briefing time for students to discuss what they have seen and heard.”

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