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Wiltshire students face trauma of road accidents
1:12pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Over 1,300 Year 11 students from across West Wiltshire will experience a hard-hitting road safety presentation this week.
Safe Drive Stay Alive uses powerful personal testimony and dramatic video footage to make the audience aware of the tragedy and suffering caused by road traffic collisions.
Firefighters, medics, police officers, bereaved parents and people who have been directly involved in road traffic collisions recount their stories, often in heartbreaking detail.
Students from Clarendon Academy, The John of Gaunt School, St Augustine’s Catholic College and Wiltshire College, all in Trowbridge; Warminster School and Kingdown School in Warminster; Melksham Oak School; St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon; and Stonar School in Atworth will attend the roadshows on October 10 and 11 at the Civic Centre in Trowbridge.
Safe Drive Stay Alive is a Wiltshire and Swindon road safety initiative coordinated by Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of a partnership including Wiltshire Police, SWIFT Medics, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, NHS Wiltshire and Honda UK.
Since its launch in 2006, the roadshow has been seen by thousands of students – and the organising team is hoping that it will soon be essential viewing for every school in Swindon and Wiltshire.
Ian Hopkins, road safety development manager at Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, explained: “The presentation is hard hitting and upsetting, but we make no apology for that.
"The speakers are real people who have experienced the horror of road traffic collisions, whether as a member of the emergency services, as a victim or as a parent who has lost a child. It is this truthfulness that makes it so successful.
"We know that the young people who see this roadshow are affected, and we have seen the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads decrease since the programme started. We really do make a difference.”