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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffs Uni Students to be Given Safety Checks

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Staffordshire Road Safety Team are holding a road safety event for Staffordshire University students at the Stafford campus on 22 February between 11am and 3.30pm.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for students and staff to get clued up on road safety, to learn about the real dangers of drink driving, find out how to make sure your vehicle is ‘road smart’ and get some freebies."

Staffordshire University Students Union Education Officer, Kim Hargreaves

The fire service will be carrying out free checks on student’s vehicles to ensure they are fit for purpose and will also discuss the effects and impact of drink driving and using mobile phones whilst driving.

Halford and ATS Euromaster will also be attending the event and Halfords have kindly offered to top up the screen wash of any car which needs it free of charge. Free ice scrapers will also be given out on the day.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager, Neil Pedersen said: "We will be showing students how to carry out simple vehicle checks and what to look for ensuring such things as all lights are working correctly, the windscreen is free from chips or scratches and tyres are in a suitable condition and have the appropriate pressure.

"Young people need to be aware of how to maintain their vehicles in all kinds of weather, for example not driving off before all of the windows and windscreen are clear from snow, ice or condensation as this can seriously restrict visibility."

County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: "Road safety is a top priority for us in Staffordshire. We have some of the lowest accident rates in the country and are 100 per cent committed to further reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our highways. Events such as this play a vital role in educating younger drivers who are most at risk of being involved in a collision. It is the ideal opportunity for students to get a health check on their car to ensure that it is fit to drive as well as giving them the chance to learn more about the very real dangers of driving while using mobile phones or getting behind the wheel the morning after a night of drinking."

Staffordshire University Students Union Education Officer, Kim Hargreaves commented : "This is a fantastic opportunity for students and staff to get clued up on road safety, to learn about the real dangers of drink driving, find out how to make sure your vehicle is ‘road smart’ and get some freebies."