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.
RAC hosted the event in Western Australia for the first time in 2012 and since then more than 45,000 secondary school students have attended the event.
RAC bstreetsmart 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.
Why we do it
As road users we expect to pay a price for using our roads, typically paid through vehicle registrations and fuel levies. For most, these are acceptable trade-offs. What is unacceptable however, is the loss of a life by using our roads.
In 2016, 194 people were killed on Western Australian roads, 15% of these fatalities being young people aged 17-24.
We should not accept the loss of any lives on our roads because road trauma is preventable.
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.
- Promote positive road safety messages
- Demonstrate the ramifications of road trauma
- Demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving, inattention, speeding and drink and drug driving
- inform students on how to reduce risk taking behavior
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.
For more information or to make an appointment:
phone: 1300 004 814 (toll free)
Road Trauma Support WA is delivered by Injury Matters with funding from the WA Road Trauma Trust Account and contract management through the Road Safety Commission.