Stevenage teens in car crash drama

FIREFIGHTERS held a road traffic collision demonstration for teenagers as part of an initiative to help make them aware of the dangers associated with being a new driver.

In conjunction with North Hertfordshire College, firefighters from White Watch in Stevenage are running a scheme designed to educate 16 and 17 year olds about the risks which come with being a new driver.

According to crew commander of White Watch Stevenage, Tom Morey, road crashes are the biggest killers of people aged 18 to 24.

The event included a presentation on the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, speeding, not using seatbelts, and using a mobile phone while driving.

Some of the teenagers took part in the road traffic collision demonstration, playing the role of casualties in a car. Firefighters used cutting equipment to demonstrate the techniques used to free people who are trapped following a crash.

The demonstration was followed by a question and answer session.

Mr Morey said: “This partnership with North Hertfordshire College has enabled us to engage with young people who are about to start driving cars and motorbikes.

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“Any information that we can impart on these young drivers to make them safer is time very well spent.”