bstreetsmart is one of Australia’s largest road safety education events. Each year the event brings together more than 20,000 NSW school students to promote road safety.
The forum gives students a realistic look at the trauma caused by road crashes and provides information and strategies to help them make decisions that improve their chances of avoiding a crash.
Although young drivers make up only about 14 per cent of licence holders, they are over represented in fatal crashes. The content and structure of bstreetsmart aims to treat young people as adults, allowing them freedom to choose from a range of interactive exhibits and safety displays.
Students hear personal stories from those who have suffered brain and spinal injuries. They also visit a range of interactive stands and get to see how a crash scene unveils. Through these experiences, they gain an understanding of how to make decisions that reduce their risk of being in a crash, either as a passenger or a driver.
bstreetsmart was founded by the Westmead Hospital Trauma Unit, in response to the increasing numbers of young drivers and passengers seriously injured on NSW roads.
The event is largely funded by the NSW Government through the Centre for Road Safety and is supported by the NSW Police Force, the NSW Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and other road safety partners.
As part of our work with the school education sectors, we have developed some Teaching and learning ideas (PDF, 987Kb) for teachers to use with students before and after attending the bstreetsmart event.
For more information visit the bstreetsmart website.