Aileen O’Donnell and Hayden Marshall got up close with the jaws of life as Lt Darren Franke gave a demonstration of road accident rescue equipment.
Aileen O’Donnell and Hayden Marshall got up close with the jaws of life as Lt Darren Franke gave a demonstration of road accident rescue equipment.

Vital lesson for young drivers

EMERALD Year 12 students may be celebrating finishing school but the students were given one final, and no less important, lesson in road safety this week.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Road Attitudes and Action Planning program was delivered by local firefighters to Year 12 students at Emerald State High School and Marist College to increase awareness of road risks and boost safety.

Lieutenant Darren Franke said the RAAP program was designed to reduce the high number of young drivers and passengers killed in road accidents each year through a simple and commonsense message.

"Transport accidents are the number one cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds throughout Australia," he said.

"Through the RAAP program, we're getting to teenagers in Year 12, when they're about to get their drivers' licences and hit the roads for the first time."

Students were given a first-hand insight into what happens to road accident victims and the aftermath from injuries and fatalities through a classroom presentation and a demonstration of equipment including the jaws of life.

"We talk about what firefighters and ambulance officers have to do to free victims trapped in cars," Lt Franke said.

Student Hayden Marshall, who recently got his driver's licence, said the demonstration was great.

"I saw what can happen in a car accident and it made me realise all the machines needed," he said.

"I think I will be more cautious and think twice."


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