Crash is mock, but the horror real for some
Firefighters use shock tactics to give youngsters an insight into crash horror
A ROAD safety stunt has been hailed a success, after nearly 150 young people turned up to witness a live demonstration depicting a serious car crash.
Staged at the Elwick Road car park in Ashford, it was part of the multi-agency road safety campaign code named Operation Carmageddon.
The aim of the evening was to educate young people on the potentially fatal consequences of being involved in a serious road traffic collision, and to encourage young drivers and passengers to be responsible for their own and others’ safety while they are driving.
Research has shown that one in five drivers will have a crash within the first year of driving, which results in the deaths of hundreds of people on Kent’s roads.
Ashford fire station’s Green Watch manager Terry Hardie said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service attends 25 per cent more road crashes than house fires and each time our crew attends the scene of fatal road traffic colli- sion involving a young person, I am sickened by the tragic waste of young life.
“Our experience tells us that young people rarely attend safety events such as open days, so the campaign takes road safety education to places where they are already gathered, for example , in car parks, schools and night spots.
“We were really pleased with how many people turned up and hope that the evening made them think about their attitudes to safe driving.
“If we managed to reach even a handful of those present, it will hopefully prevent further loss of life on Kent’s roads.”
Firefighters at the scene of the staged car accident in Ashford