Young drivers get road safety advice at King’s Lynn college
- Credit: Ian Burt
A campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety continued its tour of schools and colleges in Norfolk with a visit to the College of West Anglia on Wednesday.
The #Impact campaign was launched by Norfolk police and crime commissioner Lorne Green last month in a bid to highlight the issue.
The initiative is spearheaded by Thomas Semmons, 18, who was seriously injured after losing control of his car in bad weather on the B1145 in Norfolk this summer.
The teenager, from Scarning, near Dereham, spoke to students in King's Lynn about his experience and showed them the car he was driving at the time, which accompanies the #Impact campaign on the tours.
During the event each student was given a pledge card and asked to sign it as a personal commitment to road safety.
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The event also included a practical demonstration of cutting someone out of a wrecked vehicle.
A spokesman for the PCC said: 'It went very well. About 200 students attended, which takes the number to 1,000, since the tours started.'
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During his election campaign, Mr Green pledged to tackle road safety, and that promise has now been built into the commissioner's police and crime plan for the county.
He said: 'Young people don't want to listen to an old man in a suit, so I asked Thomas to talk to young people about the dangers, whether it be drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone or speeding.'
Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk roads policing and firearms operations unit, said: '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.'
CWA's principal David Pomfret said the campaign would make young people think twice about their conduct behind the wheel.
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