Thousands of school students to descend on Australia's largest road safety event

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Australia's largest road safety event, bstreetsmart, kicks off today at Qudos Bank Arena with more than 20,000 NSW students in year 10 to year 12 from 195 schools expected to attend across the three days.

Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said it was great to welcome back students to this important educational event.

“Tragically, young people aged 17-25 represent about 20 per cent of drivers killed annually on NSW roads, but only make-up about 15 per cent of licence holders," Mrs Ward said.

"We know that education is one of the best ways to prevent these deaths and injuries among young people on our roads, with the number of young drivers killed on NSW roads having halved since the introduction of the Graduated Licensing Scheme in 2000.

“That is why the NSW Government is proud to support initiatives like bstreetsmart, to help educate young people about the serious consequences of speeding, drink and drug driving, mobile phone use, fatigue and distraction, which are all major factors in road trauma for young people."

Guests will experience the impact of road trauma through real-life simulated crash scenarios, interactive displays, a theatre sports performance, powerful presentations from survivors, and personal accounts from family members of people killed in crashes.

Bstreetsmart was founded in 2005 by Westmead Hospital trauma nurses Julie Seggie and Stephanie Wilson.

Ms Seggie said she hopes the event will help reduce the number of young people involved in crashes on our roads.

"Driver distractions such as mobile phones, conversations and loud music play a large role in many of the incidents we see in the emergency department," Ms Seggie said.

"Bstreetsmart is a confronting yet effective way of demonstrating the possible consequences of being distracted as a driver."

Between 2016 and 2020, 165 young drivers aged 17-25 died on NSW roads and about 2,719 were seriously injured.

Bstreetsmart is a one-day program held over three days that aims to help reduce fatalities and serious injuries among young people. Since 2015, bstreetsmart has received more than $1 million in support from Transport for NSW.

For more information, visit https://bstreetsmart.org/ or https://onthemove.nsw.edu.au/.