Mock crash rehearsal open to the public

The Mock Crash program is inviting members of the public to witness a dress rehearsal of the event.
The Mock Crash program is inviting members of the public to witness a dress rehearsal of the event.

Parkes residents are invited to attend the final dress rehearsal for this year's mock crash demonstration on Monday, August 13 at 7pm.

Running since 2008, the mock crash demonstration is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The program aims to improve the attitudes and behaviours of young drivers and passengers and is targeted at local Year 10 students.

As in previous years the final dressed rehearsal will be open to the public.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, said organisers are excited to be marking the 10th anniversary with our whole community - this will be the fourth time that we have opened up the dressed rehearsal to the public.

"We've found that having a live audience is a real lift to the performance, but there is also quite a lot of interest from parents to see what happens at mock crash,” Ms Suitor said.

"The demonstration starts with some establishing scenes that introduce the characters and set up the mock crash scenario by starting to tell the road safety narrative about what led to the crash.

“Then there is a full emergency response to the crash.

“It's very realistic and as close to the real thing as it can be.

“We finish with victim impact statements from the driver and passengers set six months later, so the audience can see what the longer term effects are," Ms Suitor said.

The mock crash demonstration is the major strategy of the NOT A STATISTIC! Youth Driver Education Program.

Young drivers, particularly red P platers, are over represented in crash statistics across the State.  

Locally, a 27% reduction has been recorded in crashes involving young drivers since the program commenced.

"Please remember that if you are coming to the dressed rehearsal the content is not suitable for children under the age of 15,” Ms Suitor said.

“Also that it is a rehearsal, so we won't have all the bells and whistles set up, but it will still be a memorable experience," Ms Suitor said.

The dressed rehearsal will commence at 7pm at Parkes High School's Multi Purpose Centre.

The run time is around 60 minutes.

No need to book in - just turn up.

More than 500 students from nine local high schools across the three Council areas will view the mock crash demonstration during two sessions on Friday, August 17.

Due to this year being a special anniversary of the program a lot of former actors will be returning for the program.