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
- 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
- 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.