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Drink-driving eye-opener for college students in Bury

STUDENTS were given an eye-opening insight into the consequences of drink-driving when Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) paid a visit to Bury College.

Firefighters from Whitefield Fire Station, GMFRS volunteers, and community safety staff shared advice and information with students during the college's road safety day on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

The main attraction of the day was the wreckage of a crashed car that was on display in the college car park to deter people from drink-driving.

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The driver of the car - a 24-year-old Tameside man - died instantly when the car collided at speed in April 2012. He'd drunk four pints of cider before getting behind the wheel.

Students were able to look at the car and speak to firefighters about what happens when they have to cut someone out of a vehicle.

Volunteers set up a stall full of information and advice in the college canteen and students were able to test out their skills on GMFRS' driving simulator.

Whitefield Station Manager, Kevin Brogden, said: "New drivers are much more at risk of being in a serious road traffic collision than other road users and 40 per cent of all killed or seriously injured passengers were being driven at night by a newly qualified young driver.

"Our staff often visit schools and colleges and take every opportunity to talk to young people about the consequences of drink-driving, speeding or being distracted - but nothing hits home more than seeing it for yourself.

"Having a real crashed car at the college gave people chance to see for themselves the damage and devastation that can be caused and it was a real eye-opener."

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The event follows last year's successful road safety day at the college when the theme was distraction.

College drama students acted out a scenario that involved a young man who was killed by a car as he was crossing the road. He was texting on his mobile and not paying attention to the road.

David Mottershead, a student learning mentor at Bury College, believes students took a lot away from the experience.

He said: "The GMFRS road safety event was interesting and educational. It is very important to highlight the significance of road safety awareness and make our students aware of the dangers of drink-driving."

For information on how to stay safe on the road, please visit the GMFRS website here: /community_work/drive_safely.aspx

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:29
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