Play it safe – campaigner

Jonathan Beninca has urged students to stay on the right track and not risk their safety.
Jonathan Beninca has urged students to stay on the right track and not risk their safety.

‘I take my (prosthetic) leg off and ask the kids ‘would you be comfortable going up to someone and asking them out if you looked like this’,’ he said.

The safety campaigner spoke to students at Warwick Senior High School students last Monday as part of the Public Transport Authority’s Right Track program.

Jonathan describes to students how his life changed after he was struck by a train in Croa, NSW, in 1999.

‘The emotional consequences last just as long as the physical injuries,’ he said.

‘I have never been able to hold my kids with both arms or lift them up onto my shoulders.

‘I try to get across to them that the only way they can stay safe is through their own choices.’

– The Right Track program started in 2008 and teaches young people aged between 10 and 17 how to stay safe when using public transport.