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'Dying 2 Drive' hard- hitting interactive workshop with 140+ pupils

Today (28 November) 140 students from The Chantry School, Worcester participated for the first time in the multi-agency interactive road safety scheme titled: 'Dying 2 Drive'. The initiative has already run successfully earlier this year at Worcester Fire Station and various Hereford Fire Stations.

Students from the Martley located school experienced first-hand a hard-hitting road traffic collision (RTC) reconstruction and associated workshops.

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The innovative initiative aims to reduce the risks of death and serious injury amongst young road users throughout the county as they start to travel independently in cars or on motorbikes with other young adults.

The session commenced with a hard hitting road traffic collision reconstruction, complete with live 'causalities' and the three emergency services working together to save lives, as they would in a real life situation. Students then witness the tragic aftermath of such a crash and the devastating ripple effect it can have on friends and families.

The reconstructions are closely followed by powerful, interactive workshops which are run by Hereford & Worcester Fire Service (HWFRS), West Mercia Police, Safer Roads Partnership and DHL. During these workshops, the consequences of risky behaviour behind the wheel are explored and, amongst other risk mitigating activities.

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The sessions conclude with a moving real-life story from a father who lost his 23 year old daughter in a road traffic collision.

Lead organiser of the Dying 2 Drive workshop, Dave Blinston, Watch Commander said: "We were requested by the Chantry School, based in Martley, to put on a Dying 2 Drive session after Kate Miles, head of year 11, visited our September workshops."

He continued: "It is great to see such a large number of pupils from a school in rural areas, such as this one, benefiting from the interactive Dying 2 Drive initiative."

Kate Miles, head of year 11, The Chantry School said: "Dying 2 Drive is such a dynamic and interactive scheme that we wanted to get our students involved straight away. The potential benefits to the soon-to-be young drivers and passengers are enormous. Our year 11 pupils found the reconstruction and workshops to be informative and of great value. They gave students the right skills and knowledge to help prevent them becoming victims of potential future road traffic collisions."

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If you are a school that would wish to participate in Hereford or Worcester's Dying 2 Drive initiatives in 2017 please email Dying2Drive@hwfire.org.uk or call 0800 032 1155 for more details.

For more information on Dying 2 Drive, please visit http://www.hwfire.org.uk/safety-and-advice/road-safety/dying-2-drive/

To see photos from the day, please view the album on facebook here.