Crash is mock, but the hor­ror real for some

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

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

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