Kids take part in mock emergency
THE reality of a serious car crash hit home for Coffs Harbour students, as paramedics treated two of their classmates for life-threatening injuries yesterday.
A young driver dangerously decided to drive over the limit in wet conditions crashing with two friends in the vehicle, and it almost resulted in death.
While the situation is all too common on our roads, fortunately this was only a mock emergency.
The accident simulations will this week reach 4000 Year 11 students from 50 North Coast high schools between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie.
They are being staged as part of the Reduce Risk, Increase Student Knowledge (RRISK) seminars.
Madeline McFarlane was one of the John Paul College drama students involved in the mock accident at the North Coast Education Campus yesterday.
“I think it’s important that as young drivers we watch this and think of it as a scenario that can very easily happen to anyone,” Ms McFarlane said.
“Young drivers are all pretty desensitised by road accidents because of television and a lot of kids think they are invincible behind the wheel, so seeing their classmates in this situation really brings the message home,” Coffs Harbour paramedic Jard Egar said.
If the accident didn’t have an impact, then the words of crash victim Mark Bettini certainly did.
Sixteen years since his motorcycle accident at Frederickton and Mark is confined to a wheelchair suffering short-term memory loss.
He tried to outrun police on an unregistered dirt bike on Christmas Eve 1994 having ridden from Sydney to see his parents at Nambucca Heads.
“I was stupid and I’m still paying for it today, but luckily the police saved my life that night,” Mr Bettini said.