SECONDARY students from across Bathurst heard first hand the very real consequences of youth violence and road accidents, as victims of both relayed their stories of how a split-second decision can change a life forever.
The program, No Second Chance, is a unique and revolutionary Youth Safety Campaign with the clear objective of saving teenage lives arising from the tragic consequences of youth violence and road accidents.
Undeniably confronting, it aims to educate young people, shocking them into making smart decisions regarding their own safety.
Road safety advocate, and owner of Calare Academy of Road Safety, Matt Irvine, said the program was great for starting conversations among young people, with year 11 students from Scots All Saints College, Bathurst High, Kelso High and Canobolas High participating.
He said what made the program so successful was it featured real people, with real stories which had real consequences from a split second decision, which then turned their lives upside down.
Mr Irvine said given the RYDA safe driving course was cancelled earlier this year due to Covid, it was great they were given the opportunity to attend No Second Chance.
He said key speakers Paul Stanley and Matt Speakman, both of whom have paid the ultimate price for other peoples bad decisions, are very committed about reducing the disgraceful statistics relating to Australian youth safety. Mr Irvine said the program's message is simple.
"Stop and think before you act," he said.