Fire crew drive home the message of car safety

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

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

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

Neale Wade Academy. Road safety event. Training facilitator Tony Barrios with sixth form students. P

Neale Wade Academy. Road safety event. Training facilitator Tony Barrios with sixth form students. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

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.

Neale Wade Academy. Road safety event. Left: Ady Bradshaw from Cambs fire and rescue service, Daniel

Neale Wade Academy. Road safety event. Left: Ady Bradshaw from Cambs fire and rescue service, Danielle and Daryl sixth form students. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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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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