250,000 students are Streets Ahead with RACQ
The State’s peak motoring body has celebrated a major milestone educating its 250,000th primary school students through the Streets Ahead program this Queensland Road Safety Week.
RACQ Head of Community and Education David Contarini said the program, which was taught from Prep to Year 6, was created in 2007 when the Club identified a gap in road safety education for younger students.
“Through our Streets Ahead program primary school students are taught on a range of topics, including where’s a safe place to play, why it’s important to wear a bike helmet and how to avoid being a distracting passenger,” Mr Contarini said.
“We even have a specially designed road mat for students to practice crossing the street safely.”
Mr Contarini said the Club was proud to have shared such important messages to so many schools over the last 12 years.
“It can take years to develop the skills to be safe in and around the road and it’s vital to lay strong foundations for children about road safety, whether they live in the city or in remote Queensland,” he said.
Mr Contarini said the Club’s Education team would mark the occasion on Thursday at Gogango State School, near Rockhampton, with the RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter landing at the school.
“Students from Stanwell State School and Westwood State School will be joining Gogango kids to witness the landing of the chopper and take part in the Streets Ahead program,” he said.
“Students will inspect the chopper, participate in a Q&A session with a pilot and learn firsthand the importance of wearing their protective gear when riding their bike.”