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Course in Cannock drives home road safety messages

11/02/2016

A hard-hitting course will drive home potentially life-saving messages to young motorists in Cannock

"It is imperative that we get these safety messages across to young drivers and make them aware of the potential consequences of driving without due care and attention."

Community Safety Officer, Kelly McCulloch

The ‘Young Drivers’ Course’ is aimed at 17-24-year-olds and will take place at Cannock Community Fire Station.

Firefighters will give a presentation to the young people in a bid to convey the importance of driving safely and sensibly.

The ‘Fatal Four’ presentation highlights the most common mistakes made by young drivers which can result in life-changing injuries or even death. These include speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

A modified vehicle is used to simulate a road traffic collision allowing young people to experience first-hand what it would be like. The vehicle, which has been designed to have its doors removed, demonstrates procedures used by firefighters.

The sessions will run from 7pm-8.30pm on March 24, May 19, August 4 and November 24.

Community Safety Officer, Kelly McCulloch said: “Statistics show that young drivers are at a much higher risk of being involved in a collision than older drivers. Motorists aged 17-19 are involved in 12 per cent of fatal and serious crashes yet only make up 1.5 per cent of UK licence holders. It is imperative that we get these safety messages across to young drivers and make them aware of the potential consequences of driving without due care and attention.

“The modified vehicle and presentation help us to educate young people about the importance of driving in a safe and sensible manner. 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.”
 
For more information or to book on any of the above courses please telephone 01785 898506 or email Community Safety Officer kelly.mcculloch@staffordshirefire.gov.uk 

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Photographic Caption:  The modified vehicle is designed to have its doors removed and demonstrates procedures used by firefighters.