Horror crash teaches students road safety: RACQ

Townsville teenagers would benefit from real-life, graphic lessons in road safety at a critical time in their lives, with RACQ’s award-winning Docudrama program set to be rolled out to north Queensland high schools from today.

emotional crash victim watches on as paramedics work

RACQ Head of Community and Education David Contarini said senior students at Thuringowa State High School would be the first in the region to witness a re-enactment of a fatal car crash which involved Queensland Police, Queensland Ambulance and a local funeral director.

“Last year across the State, 73 young people aged between 16 and 24 years old died on our roads, and that’s a statistic this program aims to turn around,” Mr Contarini said.

“Our Docudrama program shows teenagers confronting but realistic scenes of a group of teens involved in what turns out to be a fatal car crash. We present them with a catalyst to have a discussion about road safety and give them the tools to take into real-life scenarios.

“We don’t want them to leave Docudrama scared – we want them to leave empowered to speak up and do something if they’re not feeling safe or comfortable when in a car or behind the wheel.”

Mr Contarini said Docudrama captured students at a critical time in their development and reminded them of the deadly consequences of irresponsible and dangerous behaviour on Queensland roads.

“More than 43 people died in road crashes in the Townsville region in 2017, so given it’s Queensland Road Safety Week, it’s fitting we all take a moment to think about our behaviour on the roads, especially young people,” he said.

“If we’re able to turn this horror road toll around we need to start with our youngest, and most vulnerable drivers.”

Mr Contarini said RACQ’s continued delivery of its road safety education program was made possible with Queensland Government funding.