A WORLD-first road safety app featuring real-life situations for kids was launched in Maylands today.
The free Arility Road Safety app was developed by IT experts DSBS and the Maylands-based Constable Care Child Safety Foundation.
It has six road safety activities that allow students to see and experience risk at locations including bus stops and railway crossings in an augmented reality environment.
Schools can download the app via the App Store.
The State Government funded $100,000 from the Road Trauma Trust Account for the development of the app.
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation chief executive David Gribble said the app was designed to complement traditional road safety education, in the form of a game.
“Younger people are often cyclists and pedestrians and they are our among our most vulnerable,” he said.
“Children in WA are unfortunately over-represented in road fatalities or serious injuries.
“Arility gives students the opportunity to role play high-risk scenarios in a safe way, giving them the best foundations for real-life safe travels.”
Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said kids could learn how to navigate dangerous situations without being at risk.
“This initiative is not just about saving the lives of children on WA roads, it’s also about our support for road safety education.
“Importantly, it will set our young people on the path, at a young age, to be road safety advocates in their communities.”