An event to highlight the consequences of irresponsible road use and dangerous driving was held at Bournville College on Thursday 24th May.
Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) are the single biggest killer of 16 to 20 year olds in the country and the Northfield area of Birmingham has recently been identified as a hotspot area for residents involved in RTCs.
So to help raise awareness of the dangers that young people face on the roads, safety officers from West Midlands Fire Service, together with partner agencies and local voluntary groups, visited Bournville College in Longbridge to deliver a day of road safety education.
The event was split into two parts, with road safety officers giving the students some tips on how to stay safe both as a passenger in a vehicle and as a driver. Feedback was encouraged at every stage and the students were able to see for themselves how their actions can have far reaching consequences.
The second part of the session featured a series of demonstrations depicting the aftermath of an RTC. They showed what can happen when people become injured, have to be cut free from a collision, or need medical treatment as a consequence of irresponsible actions on the road.
Station Commander Mal Fellows said: “The event provides a great opportunity for all agencies involved to engage with and influence some our most vulnerable youngsters in order to help keep them safe on the road.”
Celia Smith, Heath Safety and Welfare Manager at Bournville College added: ‘The college, recognise that working in partnership with other agencies to put on proactive events, such as this, are vital to support greater community awareness for all. This was a great event, which after reading the positive feedback from students, achieved what it set out to do.’
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