‘It’s not just about wear­ing a belt’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKLE UP -

THE fire ser­vice’s road of­fi­cer vis­its schools to stu­dents about the dan­gers of driv­ing.

Keith Wheeler is the Bucks Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s road safety of­fi­cer. He of­ten goes round schools to give talks to new driv­ers about the dan­gers of our roads and in the last nine years, he has given the talk to 30,000 young peo­ple.

Mr Wheeler said: “I en­cour­age fire sta­tions to do road safety ac­tiv­i­ties, I give talks to young driv­ers about things like peer pres­sure and dis­trac­tions when driv­ing.

“I talk to the sixth for­m­ers as adults and give them the in­for­ma­tion and tell them what the con­se­quences can be. I won’t be in the car with them so it is up to them to make the de­ci­sions for them­selves.”

Mr Wheeler went to Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School in Amer­sham re­cently to give a talk and will be giv­ing a talk at Amer­sham School and Dr Chal­loner’s High School in Lit­tle Chal­font soon.

The pre­sen­ta­tions are called Learn and Live and they en­cour­age stu­dents to dis­cuss the is­sues re­lat­ing to young driv­ers and pas­sen­ger safety, as well as giv­ing them sug­ges­tions on how they can keep them­selves safe, as pas­sen­gers or driv­ers.

Mr Wheeler said he backs our Buckle Up! cam­paign urg­ing peo­ple to wear a seat­belt all of the time.

safety in­form pos­si­ble seat­belt, it can pro­tect you in the event of a crash, it can pre­vent you from head butting the seat or wind­screen and throw­ing you for­ward with such force.

“Seat­belts and air bags work to­gether, the seat­belt will ar­rest you, it brings you to a con­trolled stop and that is where the air bag meets you.

“It is not just about you wear­ing a seat­belt, if you are thrown around in an event of a crash, you may hurt some­one else in the car if you are not wear­ing one.

“Peo­ple do not re­alise how our bod­ies were not de­signed to take such force.”

DAN­GERS OF DRIV­ING: Keith Wheeler of Bucks Fire and Res­cue gives talks at schools em­pha­sis­ing the im­por­tance of wear­ing seat­belts and above, fire of­fi­cers on a train­ing ex­er­cise in case the worst shoud hap­pen

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