Real life lessons

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
All four of Donnybrook’s emergency services crews took part in the exercise.
Camera IconAll four of Donnybrook’s emergency services crews took part in the exercise.

Year 10 students from Donnybrook District High School on the cusp of getting their driver’s licence were given a reality check earlier this month at the annual Road Trauma Prevention Day.

Organised and run by officers from the Donnybrook Police Station, the event was designed to pull no punches in showing the students the consequences that distracted driving could have.

The event kicked off at the Donnybrook Volunteer Fire and Rescue base where students were shown blunt road safety videos outlining the risks associated with distracted driving and how not to become distracted.

Donnybrook District High School associate principal Renee Reid said the event had become a regular fixture on the school calendar and had the support of parents.

“It’s outstanding and really well organised, the kids get some exposure to some of the things they need to be aware of when they get their licence and what can happen,” she said.

“They get a bit of shock value, but they see the time it takes for an accident to happen and how many people are involved from the local community.

“It’s certainly valued by our community because almost every single student in that year group attends, far more than perhaps other excursions.”

After their visit to the volunteer fire and rescue base, the students ventured to the Donnybrook Police Station for a road safety seminar before heading to Preston Road for a crash response simulation.

Once a simulated patient was extracted from a wrecked car, the students went on a tour of the trauma bay at Donnybrook Hospital before they finished the day at the St John Ambulance depot.

Local victims recounted their own trauma experiences, sparing no details.

“We will continue to keep running the day ... we also run the Keys4Life program here,” Mrs Reid said.

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