TEN years after their father died in a crash, Dirk (32) and Rebekah Zarb Cousin (26) are working to improve road safety as driving instructors.
Their father Darry died on July 3, 2008, around the corner from the family’s Quinns Rocks home shortly after leaving for work.
As the father-of-three (52) turned from Santa Barbara Parade into Marmion Avenue, another vehicle travelling north on Marmion Avenue collided with his car about 6.50am.
Rebekah said both her parents had been driving instructors since 1997 and her father used to teach the 19-year-old driver of the other vehicle, who was convicted of two counts of reckless driving for hooning and speeding.
Their mother Angela shut down the family’s driving school after the crash and became a driving assessor.
Wanting to continue their father’s legacy, Dirk became a driving instructor six years ago, reopened the business, Driving West Motor School, and recruited his sister as an instructor about 18 months ago.
Rebekah said being one of WA’s youngest driving instructors helped her relate to students.
The Quinns Rocks resident said she encouraged young drivers to step back and think about the repercussions before driving by telling her father’s story.
“Think twice about speeding or doing burnouts or using your phone while driving or getting into a car with another mate who’s been drinking,” she said.
The siblings spoke to the Times ahead of the 10th anniversary of their father’s death today to encourage others to make the right choices when it came to driving.
“We are in this community now to help people learn how to drive safely,” Dirk said.
“We started the driving school up again to educate teenagers so that they realise the repercussions of driving recklessly can ultimately lead to someone being killed.”
The Clarkson resident said it was important for drivers to make the right decisions when in control of a “powerful weapon”.
He said Driving West Motor School employed two other instructors and covered suburbs from Perth to Yanchep, with plans to expand south of the river in the future.