The scene is a stark one. A two vehicle head on crash with several young people trapped in the wreckage, needing urgent medical attention.
The situation looks real but thankfully its part of a demonstration taking place on Friday, 16 December at Leigh Academy, Dartford, aimed at driving home vital road safety messages to students.
Organiser of the event, Dartford Crew Manager, Terry Beal explains: “Over 177 car occupants aged 16-24 have been killed or seriously injured on Kent’s roads in the last three years. We regularly see the devastating effect of these crashes, which cause pain and heartache not just for the person hurt or killed but to passengers, families, friends and the emergency services called to assist.
“It’s vital that we help to keep our young people safe, influence their attitudes and behaviours and do whatever we can to help them become responsible drivers and passengers.”
Students will play the part of mock casualties with a variety of fake injuries with fire crews from Dartford cutting them free from the crash wreckage.
KFRS’ Road Safety team will also be on hand to share life-saving advice aimed at encouraging young drivers and passengers to be responsible for their own and others’ safety while driving.
They will be given advice on the dangers of:
• Driving while under the influence of drink and drugs
• The importance of never distracting the driver
• Using mobile phones while driving
• Getting into a car when there isn’t a seat or seatbelt available to use
Terry added: “By involving students and showing them this graphic demonstration, we hope that they will think carefully when they get behind the wheel - keeping themselves and others safer on Kent’s roads.”
Mrs Lynne Wilkinson, Co-ordinator of Learning (Ethics & Philosophy) Humanities at Leigh Academy said: “Too many young people are killed or seriously injured in road traffic crashes and we are pleased to be able to work with KFRS to educate our students to help keep them safe.”