Mock Crash 2023 - youth actors announced



Plans are well underway for this year's NOT A STATISTIC! Youth Driver Education Program, with actors selected, rehearsal schedule confirmed and establishing scenes and victim statements recorded.

Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor announced the youth actor cast this week, welcoming Maddison Lewin-Howard from Forbes, William Ellis and Sophy Jones from Parkes, with Zak Chatman from Parkes returning.

 "After a few years of disruption due to COVID, we are really pleased to be returning to Parkes High School and offering the live mock crash demonstration on Monday 7 August 2023," Ms Suitor said. 

 "Thank-you to everyone who was interested and attended the recent auditions.

"Casting was difficult, as everyone was very talented," Ms Suitor said.

 More than 5,000 Year 10 students from across the Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shire Council areas have participated in the program since its inception 13 years ago.

 "The program aims to show young drivers what can and does happen far too often on our local roads," she said. 

It challenges them to think about their attitudes and behaviours as not only drivers but also as passengers."

 Since the program commenced there has been a 27% decrease in crashes that occurred in the Forbes, Parkes and Lachlan Shires involving a young driver (17 - 25 years old).

 The program includes a pre-lesson which discusses road safety statistics for young drivers, the licensing system and conditions, common P plate offences and police enforcement issues.

 The live mock crash demonstration is based on a typical P plate crash and sees a full emergency response unfold (as close to what would really happen as possible).  It includes pre-recorded establishing scenes and victim statements.

 The program concludes with a follow-up lesson that allows students to ask questions about the crash scenario and provides additional information about what to do if you are in or come across a crash, the emergency plus app, vehicle safety ratings and tips for being a safe passenger.

"This program is a team effort - thank-you to all of the cast and crew that are involved each year and welcome to our new youth actors," Ms Suitor said.