Fire crew drive home the message of car safety

15:13 28 January 2014

Neale Wade Academy. Road safety event. Sixth form students Kieran and Shelbie. Picture: Steve Williams.

Neale Wade Academy. Road safety event. Sixth form students Kieran and Shelbie. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Students were given a hard hitting message about road safety in a workshop aimed at encouraging young people to drive responsibly.

The Drive 2 Arrive workshop took place at the Neale Wade Academy and involved dramatic video of accidents, talks about being a safe driver and passenger, an imaginary court room scene and a car crash simulator vehicle.

March fire station crew commander Ady Bradshaw said: “It’s not meant to be a scare mongering workshop but it is certainly hard hitting and meant to make the students really stop and think.

“At the end of it you can hear a pin drop. I would rather see the kids here realising the dangers of driving safely than see then at the side of the road after being in a crash.”

Run by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service in conjunction with Cambridgeshire County Council and motoring specialist Paul Staple of Alconbury Driving Centre the course is into its fifth year.

The team visit schools and sixth form centres across the county to drive home the message about car safety.

As part of the course a video is played which is a reconstruction of the story of a girl from Wales who killed the passengers in her car as well as pedestrians when she had an accident while texting and driving.

She received a seven year prison sentence.

Information given to students includes the dangers of drink or drug driving, being a safe passenger and not distracting the driver, speeding, acting responsibly and safely using mobile phones.

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