ACADEMIC Dr Bridie Scott-Parker can't imagine what it would be like to deal with the loss of one of her teenage children in a car crash.

Dr Scott-Parker dedicates her research and education work as the leader of the University of Sunshine Coast's adolescent risk research unit to helping teenagers survive their transition into early adulthood.

She hopes to impart her passion for road safety onto motorists at Aussie World today as a part of Fatality Free Friday.

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"Dying in a car crash is one of the top two ways that a teenager is going to be hurt," Dr Scott-Parker said.

"If I can do something that is going to help keep one teenager somewhere in the world safe, I've done my job.

"I can't imagine being in a family and trying to recover from that trauma."

University of the Sunshine Coast adolescent risk research unit leader Dr Bridie Scott-Parker will use Fatality Free Friday to encourage young people to drive safely.
University of the Sunshine Coast adolescent risk research unit leader Dr Bridie Scott-Parker will use Fatality Free Friday to encourage young people to drive safely. Patrick Woods

She understood that teenagers took risks.

"If you want to show off, do something different. Something off the road so that everyone stays safe, including you and your mates."

She will be joined by representatives from Sunshine Coast police to man stalls at Aussie World from 10am until 2pm today.

The annual event, organised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, encourages members of the public to pledge to stay safe on the roads.

It will include free driver training tips and talks with driver instructors.


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