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Thanet shoppers pick up safer driving advice

Thanet shoppers pick up safer driving advice

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Margate crews raising awaress to the dangers of drug driving

21 November 2016

Shoppers at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs got a sobering reality check at the weekend, as Margate firefighters raised awareness about the risks of the road including the dangers associated with drug and drink driving and the consequences of using mobile phones at the wheel.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has been working with other agencies, including Kent Police and KCC to raise awareness of the dangers of being under the influence of drugs while driving. It comes as police forces across the UK crackdown on drivers using mobile phones.

Firefighters and the KFRS road safety team challenged shoppers in Thanet to ask themselves the question: ‘Are you phone safe when you drive?’ to encourage a change in attitudes to the risks associated with using a mobile at the wheel and the potential consequences. They also spoke to young people about the impact that drugs in the system will have on their ability to drive. People got the chance to wear goggles that have been specially designed to simulate the effects of drugs, they then were asked to walk in a straight line to see the difference.

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KFRS and Kent Police working to raise awareness of drug drive dangers

KFRS Area Manager for Prevention and Protection, Mark Rist said: “We know there are people who take risks and therefore gamble with their lives and the lives of others by getting behind the wheel with drugs or alcohol in their system, or that they become distracted when a call comes in on their phone or they get a social media message. All too often our firefighters are the first on the scene of a horrific crash, many crashes have life changing impacts on families.”

Mark added: “Working together with our colleagues across the county to highlight such vital messages is crucial at any time of year. The aim is to get across the devastating consequences that can happen. We would encourage anyone to ask themselves - is it worth the risk?”

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Margate crews raising awareness of drug drive dangers at Westwood Cross
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