Demonstration hits home devastating effects of road accidents

Emergency services at the Impact event at Wymondham College. Picture: Courtesty of Wymondham College

Emergency services at the Impact event at Wymondham College. Picture: Courtesty of Wymondham College - Credit: Archant

The tragic consequences of road collisions were brought into sharp focus for a group of Wymondham students.

Emergency services at the Impact event at Wymondham College. Picture: Courtesty of Wymondham College

Emergency services at the Impact event at Wymondham College. Picture: Courtesty of Wymondham College - Credit: Archant

Wymondham College has hosted an event called 'Impact' featuring demonstrations by Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) for 220 Year 12s.

Jonathan Taylor, principal, said: 'Road safety is such a vital area and we are very grateful to Norfolk's Road Casualty Reduction Partnership for their efforts in helping to keep our students safe.'

Guy McCurley, college health and safety officer, said: 'As an ex fire officer I am very aware of the tragic consequences of a road collision. Our students will have taken away from the demonstration, the graphic message of how the mistake of not wearing a seat belt or of driving too fast, can have a devastating impact on their lives and of others who may be involved.

'For some years Wymondham College has provided, with the help and support of Think!Norfolk, a range of educational and practical initiatives to reduce that risk.'


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The demonstration day was part of a series of events as part of an 'Impact' campaign, launched by Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green in November. Other venues the event has toured include City College Norwich, RAF Marham, Easton College, the Open Academy, Great Yarmouth College and the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn.

Garry Collins, head of prevention and protection at NFRS, said: 'Road incidents are the most common cause of death to our young people. Adopting the impact pledge is an ideal opportunity to change driving behaviour for the better to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for all, while reducing the volume of devastation and number of emergency calls.

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'It is much better for everyone to meet and educate our young drivers at a simulated demonstration of this nature, rather than at a real incident to record another fatal statistic.'

Dale Meacham-Roberts, Duty Locality Officer for EEAST, said he was also pleased with the success of the campaign.

He said: 'It has been great to reach out to so many young people in Norfolk to demonstrate the impact that a road traffic collision can have on people's lives.

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