Australia’s largest educational road safety event Bstreetsmart will be open to the
public for the first time this year.

More than 224,000 high school students have participated in Bstreetsmart over the
past 19 years.

Founded by Westmead Hospital’s Trauma Team in Sydney, the event recreates a
fatal car crash in real-time with the help of emergency services. The event is live-
streamed and continues as crash survivors share how a moment behind the wheel
changed their lives and the lives of loved ones forever.

With drivers aged 17-25 years old accounting for 232 deaths road deaths in the 12
months to the end of June, 2023, with two-thirds of road deaths occurring in regional
and remote areas, organisers say there is renewed urgency for the unique program
to reach a wider audience.

At the age of 18, Tom Spratt was enjoying his new-found freedom after finishing high
school when he fell asleep while driving from the Central Coast to Newcastle in

While he managed to escape the wreck of his car after it flipped and landed on its
roof, Tom was hit by an oncoming car and sustained life-threatening injuries,
including bleeding and swelling of his brain.

“I couldn’t walk, talk, or eat. I had to learn every basic human function again from the
start. Every day was a fight for my rehabilitation,” he said.

“I couldn’t make any memories for almost six months and I’ll never get that time
back. Even now, I make lists of people I meet on my phone to help me remember

Eight years on, Tom is happy to be driving again but wants young people to realise
they are not invincible and that the decisions they make as drivers can affect their
lives and the lives of others.

Bstreetsmart founder and trauma clinical nurse at Westmead Hospital, Julie Seggie,
agrees. She said young people continue to be disproportionately represented in
hospital beds as a result of road trauma.

“We see far too many young people suffering preventable but life-changing injuries,”
she said.
“If you are a parent of a child with a licence or an employer of young people driving
to work, please show them this live-stream. It could save their life.”

Registration for the virtual Bstreetsmart is $13.20 and covers the cost of live-stream

It includes access from 2pm, Thursday, August 24 (AEST) and can be viewed
anytime until December 20, 2023.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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