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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire service drives home potentially life-saving messages

17/11/2015

A modified vehicle used to simulate road traffic collisions will be driving home life-saving messages to young people in the west of the county during Road Safety Week (Nov 23-29).

“The modified vehicle, supported by the presentation, is proving to be an excellent visual tool, helping us to educate young people about the importance of driving in a safe and sensible manner"

The vehicle, which has been designed to have its doors removed, demonstrates procedures used by firefighters in the event of a road traffic collision.

The vehicle will be driving home safety messages to participants on the Service’s Prince’s Trust programme as they take part in a young driver’s course at Rugeley Community Fire Station on November 26 at 12.30pm.

It will form part of the ‘Fatal Four’ safety event which highlights the risks drivers face if they use a mobile phone while behind the wheel, become distracted by passengers, flout the speed limit or drive while they are under the influence of drink or drugs.

Community Safety Officers will give a hard-hitting presentation to the young people in a bid to convey the importance of driving safely and sensibly.

Community Safety Officer Mark Downes said: “The modified vehicle, supported by the presentation, is proving to be an excellent visual tool, helping us to educate young people about the importance of driving in a safe and sensible manner.

“Statistics show that young drivers are at a much higher risk of being involved in a collision than older drivers. Motorists aged 17-19 only make up 1.5 per cent of UK licence holders, but are involved in 12 per cent of fatal and serious crashes.

“These shocking figures clearly demonstrate just how vital it is that we make teenagers aware of the potential consequences if they do not take driving seriously. We hope that the simulation will have a long-lasting impact on teenagers, resulting in a reduction in the number of young people experiencing a road traffic collision in real life.”

Further road safety events will take place at the following venues:

Soup kitchen, St Joseph’s Church, Rugeley on November 19, 10.30am-1.00pm

Road safety display in Rugeley town centre on November 27

Road safety display in Halfords throughout Road Safety Week