Paralympian gold medallist Charlotte Evans MBE was welcomed to Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS’s) Road Safety Experience to learn more about the work it carries out to keep young people safe on the roads.
The Kent and Medway Road Safety Experience, based in Rochester, is the first purpose built, interactive road safety education centre of its kind in the UK. It uses powerful stories, exciting interactive experiences and information delivered by experienced road safety experts to encourage young people to look at the potential consequences of a road accident from all perspectives – for themselves, their passengers, other drivers and their families.
26-year-old Miss Evans, the British skier and site guide Paralympian from Chatham who achieved Britain’s first ever winter games gold medal for skiing with her Paralympic partner Kelly Gallagher, is now Youth Ambassador for the Kent Police’s volunteer police cadet scheme.
During her tour of the centre, Miss Evans got to have a go at some of the interactive displays that are designed to provoke visitors into thinking about the risks that they face on the road as both drivers and passengers, and was also shown a theatre presentation that uses a combination of film and live action to demonstrate a crash rescue scenario.
Describing the visit, Miss Evans said: “I was very impressed with the Road Safety Experience and it was interesting to get an insight in to how the centre uses interactive and thought-provoking displays to deliver powerful road safety messages in a way that young people can respond to. It was incredible to see first-hand what happens in the aftermath of a serious crash and to see how the team there encourage young people, many of whom will be passengers as well as drivers, to understand the dangers of distraction, speeding and impairment due to alcohol or drugs.
“As Youth Ambassador for the Kent Police volunteer cadet scheme I will be helping to spread the message about the Road Safety Experience and I would encourage all secondary schools and colleges in Kent and Medway to book their students on a visit to the centre.”