Vivid reminder of road dangers

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Albany students taking part in an exercise with paramedics.
Camera IconAlbany students taking part in an exercise with paramedics. Credit: Supplied

More than 900 students across Albany were given a first-hand account of the devastating impacts of risky driving last week.

RAC launched its Project Road Smart at Albany Entertainment Centre last Wednesday and Thursday, featuring a screened re-enactment of a serious car crash by paramedics, firefighters and police.

Robert Pike, who at 17 lost his legs and three friends in a crash south of Perth, described the horrors that can stay with the survivors of road trauma.

Rob Pike speaks to students at the Albany Entertainment Centre.
Camera IconRob Pike speaks to students at the Albany Entertainment Centre. Credit: Supplied

Mr Pike was a Year 12 student and a promising athlete when the car he was travelling in struck a tree and split in half.

“My story shows how the attitude of ‘it won’t happen to me’ can have lifelong ramifications,” Mr Pike said.

“I didn’t think it would happen to us, that I would lose three of my friends, or both my legs, but those are the consequences I have to live with.”

Senior Constable Cameron Mitchell told students there were too many needless deaths and serious injuries on Great Southern roads.

There have been 62 deaths on regional roads this year.

“The road toll in WA’s regions continues to be a challenge where there are long distances and unique driving conditions,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Road safety education is extremely important in bringing much-needed awareness to the most vulnerable road users in order to reduce the road toll to zero.”

City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said road safety was one of the City of Albany’s top priorities.

“We are committed to reducing the road toll and increasing the number of safe and successful experiences on our roads,” Mr Wellington said.

“It is fantastic to have RAC Project Road Smart in Albany to help educate the newest drivers to our roads on the very real consequences of dangerous driving and the impact our risk-taking can have on our friends and family, as well as the lives of others that we put in danger.”

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