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Posted: 28/09/15

Driving home road safety to students

Students were being cut from the wreckage of two crashed cars last week (25 September) at West Nottinghamshire College’s construction campus in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

  • Student Tom Wilson is 'arrested' at the scene of the accident
  • Fire and rescue crews work carefully to cut the roof off the car
  • The crash victim is in safe hands of highly-skilled crew

Thankfully, nobody was hurt, as it was in the name of road safety awareness during a session delivered by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

As well as a mock road traffic accident, students from engineering and construction programmes were given a series of presentations focussing on the implications of driver distraction and driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Students Sianii Austin and Tom Wilson, both 17, and Ellis Moore, 18, played the parts of driver and passengers in the accident vehicles while fire and rescue crews showed the crowds of students how quickly and effectively they have to respond when cutting victims free from wreckage.

Representatives from Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire County Council attended the event and students got the opportunity to see the earlier RTA unfold into a classroom-based magistrate’s court where driver Tom Wilson was sentenced for dangerous driving.

Students from the Foundation Degree Criminal Justice (Human Rights) course were able to use their skills in the mock courtroom to determine the driver’s punishment.

College events co-ordinator Louise Searson said: “Today’s awareness session was brilliant. It was very hard-hitting and true-to-life and it gave our students the raw facts about the dangers on the roads and how easily they can be affected.

“We have many young drivers at college and the police and fire and rescue teams did an amazing job of highlighting how they can stay safe. It was also vital for them to witness life in a courtroom so they could see the repercussions of dangerous driving and how it can affect many lives.”