‘It’s not just about wearing a belt’
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