Road safety more than a game for Darlington PS students


Emma Cooper was excited to try out the new Constable Care Safety School.
Emma Cooper was excited to try out the new Constable Care Safety School.

YEAR 2 and 4 students from Darlington Primary School were among the first to experience the new gaming-style Constable Care Safety School in Maylands.

The school is the first road safety education facility of its kind in WA and teaches children life-saving road safety skills in a realistic urban environment, with a fully-functional railway crossing, traffic lights, roads and buildings.

Teacher Lynne Finch said road safety lessons were important all year round.

“They need to be regularly reinforced,” she said.

“When children get excited, they often get distracted and may forget what they have learnt.”

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation chief executive David Gribble said few people realised road trauma was a leading cause of death for children in WA.

“The Constable Care Safety School will help to reduce the number of kids killed or injured on WA roads by using a best-practice early intervention approach,” he said.

“The best piece of safety equipment we can give our children is knowledge.”

While one group of students learn to navigate the roads on bicycles, the other group of students act as pedestrians and learn to safely interact with hazards such as oncoming cars or fallen powerlines, which are simulated using cutting edge gaming-style augmented reality.

“The augmented reality component is especially exciting as it allows the students to practise facing hazards in a real-life environment, without ever being in danger,” Mr Gribble said.

“This gaming-style approach is very engaging for children and helps them retain these life-saving lessons.”

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