Terang program drives home road trauma message

YOUNG drivers will be confronted with the horror of road trauma at a forum in Terang.

Program manager and intensive care paramedic Jason Callanan said it was important the message was brought home to people aged 16 to 35 who were in a high risk category.

“They’re the youngest and most inexperienced,” he said. “This is our next generation and we want to bring them up in the most safe environment.

“We’re not saying don’t drive and we’re not saying don’t have fun.

“We’re just saying to be aware of the consequences. All we’re doing is giving them skills to know what can happen if things go wrong.”

Mr Callanan said he would talk about what he has seen as a paramedic, statistics and the science behind a crash.

“It can happen to them,” he said.

“How do we get that through to kids. We know they respond a lot more to personal stories.”

Mr Callanan will be joined by a triage nurse and a woman who has lost a son.

Terang College teacher Bruce McDonald said the ROADwhyz Victoria program was confronting,  with L-plate and P-plate drivers given first-hand accounts of road accidents and deaths.

Mr McDonald saw the program, which focuses on choices and consequences, in Lakes Entrance in November and said he was blown away by the impact it had.

“They don’t hold anything back,” he said.

“It’s hard-hitting stuff.

“The triage nurse and the paramedic give very graphic descriptions of what they face.”

Mr McDonald said there would also be SES and fire brigade members there to talk about what they see and do when they attend road accidents.

Parents have also been encouraged to attend the program at Terang College on March 7 at 7pm.

To register contact the school on 5592 1349.

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