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Students take part in road safety initiative

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The road safety initiative was organised by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) in conjunction with the Safer Roads Partnership, and is part of the Green Light Project, which aims to target young drivers and passengers who are proportionally more at risk of being involved in a serious injury or fatal road traffic collision. The initiative aims to highlight this risk and encourage younger drivers to consider their own safety and that of any passengers in the car with them.

The visit started with a classroom based activity, where students watched presentations on speed awareness, distraction while driving and passenger safety, and then moved outside for a practical session where the fire crew at Pershore set up a mock road traffic collision to demonstrate the far-reaching impact that excessive speed and driver distraction can have. This involved cutting free an injured casualty from the vehicle.

The school visit also marked the anniversary of a fatal road traffic collision along the B4084 at Wick near Pershore a year ago (9 June, 2012), in which three young people died.

HWFRS’s Community Safety Advisor, Becky Valender, said: “Sadly a young woman, her brother and his partner, all in their 20s, lost their lives in a collision at Wick last June, leaving their respective families and friends devastated, and the local community deeply shocked.

“The Fire Service tends to get called to the more serious road traffic incidents and so promoting road safety is a key area of our work in partnership with our colleagues at West Mercia Police and the Safer Roads Partnership.

“We are grateful to the school for giving us this opportunity to talk the students in this way, and we hope that the hard-hitting messages from the initiative will highlight not only the dangers for young people as they start driving, but also the devastating consequences
of driving too fast, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, or of being distracted when behind the wheel.”