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7 October 2016, 07:11
Thousands of school children across Dorset are being shown a video by Dorset emergency services of what can happen to a family involved in a road traffic collision.
The safe drive stay alive campaign is being shown across the county including to students at Bournemouth School for Girls as well as Poole High School
Firefighters, medics, police officers, bereaved parents and people who have been directly involved in road traffic collisions recount their stories.
Some 2,500 students from across the Dorset area will experience a hard-hitting road safety presentation over the next two months.
Safe Drive Stay Alive targets Year 11 students who will soon be learning to drive, and whose friends may already be driving. The presentation uses powerful personal testimony and dramatic video footage to make the audience aware of the tragedy and suffering caused by road traffic collisions.
Firefighters, medics, police officers, bereaved parents and people who have been directly involved in road traffic collisions recount their stories, often in heartbreaking detail.
Between 7 October and 28 November, the presentation will be seen by students at Bournemouth School for Girls, Poole High School, Ferndown Upper School, Corfe Hills School in Broadstone, Sherborne Girls and Gilingham School. There will also be a show held at Weymouth Pavilion for students from the local area.
Safe Drive Stay Alive is a road safety initiative coordinated by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on behalf of the Road Safety Dorset partnership.
Ian Hopkins, road safety manager at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: “The presentation is hard hitting and upsetting, but we make no apology for that. The speakers are real people who have experienced the horror of road traffic collisions, whether as a member of the emergency services, as a victim or as a parent who has lost a child. It is this truthfulness that makes it so successful. We know that the young people who see this roadshow are affected, and we have seen the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads decrease since the programme started. We really do make a difference.”