YOUNGSTERS received a hard-hitting message about road safety when they took part in a traffic accident demonstration.
Eight teenagers from Kirkdale Industrial Training (KITS) in Armytage Road, Brighouse, experienced what it would be like if they were involved in a serious road traffic collision and they had to be cut out by firefighters.
Smiles soon disappeared as the reality of what was happening started to sink in.
The fire service didn’t hold back as Calderdale’s assistant district manager Mick Brennan, explained exactly how they would be feeling if the scenerio was real.
The demosntration was organised by PC Matt Catlow from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team as a follow-up to his previous presentation about driving attitude.
The event was linked with the local youth forum and included students from Rastrick High School who watched on as firefighters smashed glass and started to cut away parts of the cars.
Youngsters were also shown videos about drivers’ attitudes and the consequences their behaviour can have on others. It showed the importance of safety in both the front and back of vehicles and how only driving four or five miles over the speed limit can cost lives.
Councillor Chris Pillai (Con, Rastrick) said he found it very useful. “I think the message they gave was the serious side of accidents and the consequences. And how taking their eyes of the road, using music while driving and mobile phones and texting and all other related matters that lead to careless driving.
“I think from my observation the event has left an impression on the young people that take driving at an early stage. It is educational and that has come through. I am pleased to see the police, fire services and KITS contributing to the exercise that has proved very relevant and I hope we can reduce our accident rates in Calderdale.”
Councillor Ann McAllister (Con, Rastrick) said: “Both the presentation and the re-enactment were very hard-hitting and sobering. It was impossible not to be stunned and shocked by the statistics provided and the stark reality of such incidents. It is no exaggeration to say that it certainly “knocked the smiles off the faces” of some of the young people who witnessed it and I for one was left with an enormous amount of food for thought.
“The work the Police and Fire & Rescue Services undertake on all our behalves is beyond measure. It is a truly valuable service. Normally a very careful driver, I can assure you that I left the scene at a veritable snail’s pace.”