Yorke Peninsula MFS Road Awareness Program (RAP) tour gets underway this morning, visiting six local schools and the Wallaroo Hospital between today and Thursday.
Presentations will be given by MFS Firefighter Jarrad Stallard, joined by road crash survivor Yudhi Mohan-Ram who was T-boned whilst on his motorbike, leaving him in a coma for 46 days with a bruised heart, broken bones and a 10 percent chance of survival.
RAP focuses on the role of all road users, encouraging and empowering students to speak up against selfish behaviour.
This year’s program will have a focus on motorcycles due to the current concerning statistics, making up 20 percent of road deaths.
Last year there were 21 motorcycle related deaths on South Australian roads, so far this year there has been 15 motorcycle fatalities in our state.
An integral feature of RAP includes emotional presentations from road crash survivors who implore the students to learn from their experience.
Member of the MFS RAP team, Yudhi describes the impact that being involved in a road crash incident has had on his life.
Yudhi says, “For every fatality, there are many people like me who survive with serious injuries. My crash left me in a coma with a bruised heart, broken bones throughout my whole body and reduced lung capacity”.
The program is funded by the State Government and supported by sponsors Think! Road Safety, SA Power Networks (SAPN), the RAA, and the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation (APFF) charity.
MFS Road Awareness Program (RAP) presentations
Kadina Memorial School – Monday, October 18, 9am
Harvest Christian School – Monday, October 18, 1.10pm
Moonta Area School – Tuesday, October 19, 8.45am
Yorke and Northern Local Health Network, Wallaroo Hospital – Tuesday, October 19, 1pm
Minlaton District School – Wednesday, October 20, 9am
Ardrossan Area School – Wednesday, October 20, 1pm
Yorketown Area School – Thursday, October 21, 1.30pm