Purpose

History

bstreetsmart, formally known as the Youth and Road Trauma Forum, was developed by the Trauma Services division of Westmead Hospital in NSW, with the aim to reduce the fatality and injury rates of young people by promoting safer driving behaviours.

In 2012, RAC hosted the event in Western Australia for the first time. Since then over 30,000 high school students have attended the event.

The event is run with the help of WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Royal Perth Hospital, St John Ambulance and the Theatrical Response Group. The event is for year 10 to 12 students and features a crash scene re-enactment attended by the emergency services, just as it would occur at a real crash site. The students also have the opportunity to listen to speakers who have been directly impacted by road trauma and talk with emergency services personnel.

Recognition and awards

Winner

  • Constable Care Child Safety Awards : “WA Child Safety Corporate Partnership Award” 2015
  • Department of Commerce: “Kidsafe WA Award 2014 for the advancement of injury prevention for children”
  • Injury Control Council of Western Australia (ICCWA): “Outstanding achievement award for community innovation” 2013
  • Constable Care Child Safety Awards: “Western Australian Corporate Program and Partnership Award” 2012

Finalist

  • West Business Pinnacle Awards: “Finalist – Corporate social responsibility excellence” 2013 & 2014

Why do we do it?

As road users we expect to pay a price for using the road network. This is typically charged though taxes and levies such as those on fuel and vehicle registrations. These are acceptable trade-offs for the use of a large, expensive and complex transport system. What is unacceptable is the real cost of using the road network: the cost of a life.

In 2014, 184 people were killed on Western Australian roads and with 22% of all fatalities being young people aged 17-24, the RAC saw a need to take action. We should not accept that any lives should be lost on our roads because road trauma is preventable.

That is why we decided to bring bstreetsmart to Western Australia.

The main purpose of RAC bstreetsmart is to reduce the fatality and injury rates of young West Australian people by promoting safe behaviour as drivers, riders and passengers.

Objectives of the event:

  • To promote positive road safety messages to students.
  • Demonstrate the consequences of road trauma.
  • Provide students with information and strategies to avoid serious injuries and death.
  • Provide students with information on how to reduce risk taking behaviour through greater awareness of the consequences of distracted driving, inattention, speeding, drink and drug driving.

Supporting organisations

The WA Police Major Crash Investigation Section (MCIS) are proud to be closely involved with the RAC bstreetsmart road safety education event. MCIS provides a specialist service investigating fatal and serious injury crashes statewide. Involvement in this event provides a great opportunity for the MCIS team to contribute in a positive way by providing road safety education to students and ultimately working toward reducing road fatalities across Western Australia.WA police
Operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) provides emergency services across our vast state on land, sea and air. We perform a critical role in coordinating emergency services across the state. DFES has developed education programs and resources about fire and natural hazards for school-aged children in Western Australia. All programs are linked to the WA Curriculum Framework and emerging Australian Curriculum. Primarily, our programs and resources focus on hazard awareness and safety messages.WA police
Youth, aged 15-24 years, continue to be the leading age group admitted for major trauma at Royal Perth Hospital. The aim of the RPH P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk related Trauma in Youth) Program is to promote injury prevention through reality education, enabling youth to recognise risks, make informed choices, and learn about potential traumatic consequences. This program allows youth to experience the journey of an imaginary trauma patient from the hospital Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Trauma Wards at Royal Perth Hospital.WA police
St John is a non-profit organisation that contributes to the Western Australian community in many ways. One of its charitable contributions is the First Aid Focus program,which provides free first aid training to all school children from kindergarten to secondary school around the state, equipping them with important first aid skills if faced with a medical emergency. In 2013/2014, over 100,000 school students learned first aid at no cost to themselves or their schools through the First Aid Focus program. This investment by St John, positively contributes to WA youth and the next generation through delivery of first aid education, thereby building a more resilient community. St John also partners with Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) to deliver the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) program, which as an injury-prevention initiative for under-18 year olds.WA police
TRG Theatrical Response Group, an initiative of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, aims to prevent harm to children, young people and the community. We do this through our state-wide theatre-in-education programs and community services that raise awareness, change attitudes and behaviours, and prevent or reduce the impact of harm.WA police
Road Trauma Support WA offers free, on-going and confidential counselling and information to anyone in WA experiencing distress because they’ve witnessed, been involved in or lost a loved one in a road crash. They also facilitate support groups to help people journey on the road to recovery in a safe and caring environment. In 2016 they will be rolling out a new education program designed to raise awareness of the consequences of unsafe road behaviours and reduce the likelihood of road crashes. For more information please visit www.rtswa.org.au or ring 9420 7262.Road Trauma Support WA