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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Team up with Carolyn

Young Drivers
Crew Manager Jim Bywater, Carolyn Whitehouse and Firefighter Mark Downes

Rugeley Fire Station have teamed up with local driving school, ‘Drive with Carolyn,’ to raise awareness of road safety amongst new drivers.

"Our main aim is to make Staffordshire a safer place to be."

Crew Manager at Rugeley Fire Station, Jim Bywater

The two hour course has been delivered to over 40 new or newly qualified drivers to date and is proving a success.

The course involves an interactive discussion on the shocking statistics and the impact of dangerous driving. The students then participate in a simulated road traffic collision with a modified Toyota car donated by Toyota UK. The course ends with a hard hitting DVD showing the consequences of texting whilst driving.

Carolyn Whitehouse, who encourages her students to participate, said: "The course is an engaging and informative interactive experience which any driver would find beneficial. The message of road safety is delivered in a unique and memorable way, making the new drivers of today safe drivers of tomorrow."

Lara Horsley 18, a recent student commented: "The road safety course was really eye opening and definitely worthwhile. If everyone with a licence could go on the course the roads would be a lot safer. It’s full of information and facts and it’s definitely got the shock factor."

The Rugeley road safety team are now working with other partnerships to embed the course into their programmes.

Crew Manager at Rugeley Fire Station, Jim Bywater said: "The program has really taken off and is in demand around the county. Our main aim is to make Staffordshire a safer place to be and this course is contributing towards our goal each time a driver participates on it."

Anyone interested in the course or assisting with sponsored transport should contact j.bywater@staffordshirefire.gov.uk.