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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stafford School Road Safety Event

13/10/2011

Firefighters will be visiting year 11 pupils at Weston Road High School next week to discuss the dangers of being distracted whilst driving.

"A lot of lives could be destroyed for the sake of something as trivial as reading a text message whilst driving."

Stafford Area Commander, Ian Housley

A car crash scenario involving a girl who texts whilst driving and then crashes will be discussed during the visit on Wednesday October 19th.

The aim of the day is to show the pupils the effects of a road traffic collision and the emergency service’s process after the emergency call is received. Firefighters will talk the pupils through the process and discuss the most common reasons for road traffic collisions and the kind of damage that can be done.

Stafford Area Commander, Ian Housley said: "Most people don’t consider car crashes as something the Fire Service deals with however we called to road traffic collisions across the county on a daily basis.

"A lot of the car crashes we attend could have been avoided if simple road safety tips had been followed so we want to explain to the Weston Road High pupils exactly what we do at road traffic collisions and discuss road safety with them, in particular distractions whilst driving.

"The example we are using of texting whilst driving will be something young people can relate to as I’m sure they all have mobile phones but we want them to understand the potential consequences of using those phones behind the wheel when they’re older enough to drive – not only is it illegal, it could be fatal. 
 
"Being distracted whilst driving can be fatal for the driver and any passengers as well as other drivers and passengers in vehicles they may end up colliding with. A lot of lives could be destroyed for the sake of something as trivial as reading a text message whilst driving."