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Thomas, 19, shares experiences of car crash with young drivers in Thetford and Dereham

A campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety is continuing its tour of schools and colleges in Norfolk with visits to Thetford Academy and Dereham Sixth Form. Pictured is Thomas Semmons. Picture: Ian Burt

A campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety is continuing its tour of schools and colleges in Norfolk with visits to Thetford Academy and Dereham Sixth Form. Pictured is Thomas Semmons. Picture: Ian Burt

A campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety is set to continue its tour of Norfolk with a visit to Thetford Academy.

The #Impact campaign was launched by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green in November 2016 in a bid to highlight the issue.

The initiative is being spearheaded by Thomas Semmons, 19, who will speak to students at the academy and Dereham Sixth Form about his personal experience of being involved in a road collision.

Thomas, from Scarning near Dereham, was seriously injured after losing control of his car in bad weather on the B1145 last summer. The car Thomas was driving forms an important part of the #Impact campaign as it tours schools and colleges in the county. During the event each student will be given a pledge card and asked to sign it as a personal commitment to road safety.

On Wednesday Thomas will attend Dereham Sixth Form to spread the message to students, many of whom he knows from his school days at nearby Northgate High School, before moving on to Thetford Academy on Thursday.

Each event will include presentations from Thomas and Norfolk’s Roads Policing Team, and a practical demonstration of cutting someone out of a wrecked vehicle.

Lorne Green said: “I take very seriously the pledge I have made to do all I can to prevent young people from being seriously injured or killed on our roads.

“Thomas is a perfect ambassador for the #Impact campaign and I am very happy that he has agreed to continue to share his experience and talk to young people about the dangers of the fatal four, whether it be drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone or excess speeding.”

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “It’s clear to see Thomas’ story strikes a chord with students when he talks about his experience, the injuries he suffered and the impact it had on his family and friends.

“Thomas hadn’t been doing anything wrong when he crashed – he wasn’t speeding, he hadn’t been drinking, it was simply a case of misjudging the poor road conditions resulting in him losing control of his car.

“I’m confident #Impact will continue to live up to its name and leave students with a lasting memory of what can happen when things go wrong.”

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