Getting the message across

Chair Ann Rutherford and vice chair Pat Oates
Chair Ann Rutherford and vice chair Pat Oates

TWO high schools have been invited to a hard-hitting seminar about car accidents as part of road safety week.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and Rastrick high schools are attending the event organised by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, today, November 22.

It will include personal testimonies from a firefighter, paramedic, police officer, bereaved parent and life-long injured accident victim to bring home the reality of accidents and how many people they can affect.

Organisers are hoping the event will bring road safety to the forefront of people’s minds and prevent accidents happening across Calderdale.

Mick Brennan, Halifax Fire Station manager and one of the organisers fears that the recession has put people under more pressure to rush so they can be more productive by taking risks that could lead to more accidents.

“The vast majority of accidents in Calderdale happen in commuter hours and it tends to be people travelling on the feeder roads round the motorway going to and from work.

“And having a mobile phone in the car is five times more distracting than alcohol.”

Local businesses will also be invited to the presentation. “With this roadshow, we want to prevent an accident from happening rather than respond after it has happened,” added Mr Brennan.

On Saturday, November 24, there will be an open day at the Piece Hall including the fire service, police, and mountain rescue. People will be able to talk to any of the services.