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Students complete road safety crash course

Wednesday, 13th April, 2016

Broken Hill High School students Stephanie Warhurst, Ellie Bright, Joelene Galea, Sasha Cox and teacher Bianca Horne at the Street Smart High event, held at the Entertainment Centre in Adelaide. Broken Hill High School students Stephanie Warhurst, Ellie Bright, Joelene Galea, Sasha Cox and teacher Bianca Horne at the Street Smart High event, held at the Entertainment Centre in Adelaide.

A group of local high school students have been given a crash course in road safety.

The students were among 7000 students from across SA who attended an annual road trauma awareness event in Adelaide run by the RAA.

An RAA survey of 3000 students found that three in five regularly walk with their headphones in, even though they know it’s potentially dangerous around traffic.

“It’s concerning that so many young pedestrians are deliberately putting themselves and other road users at risk because they’re distracted by loud music,” said Ben Haythorpe, RAA Senior Manager Community Education.

Almost half of the 3000 students surveyed by RAA said they know that using headphones when walking is dangerous.

But it doesn’t deter them from doing it, with 44 per cent of students admitting to using headphones while walking.

“We also found 68 per cent of students have felt unsafe around traffic and 51 per cent can feel at risk of getting hit by a car when walking,” Mr Haythorpe said.

This year, regional students from schools in Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln as well as Broken Hill have been sponsored to attend the event, the largest of its kind in South Australia.

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