On Wednesday 4 November, Year 12 students had a visit from the Norfolk Emergency Response Unit to demonstrate their ‘#IMPACT’ campaign, to keep young drivers safe and advise them to be cautious when driving. It is an important time for the Year 12 students as many of them are preparing to drive, take lessons and some even pass their tests. Students were first taken into the hall to have a short presentation from PC Harmen about the ‘Fatal 4’. This talk educated the students about the potential issues themselves and others could encounter whilst driving under the influence of drink and drugs; being distracted by mobile phones; not wearing seatbelts and speeding.
They were shown a video about Thomas’ story. He was travelling home late one night and slipped off the road into a group of trees. He had over ten stitches in his right cheek and was close to death after a tree fell on his car. He was not speeding or under the influence of anything. He had to be cut out of his car as the fire fighters could not be sure of spinal injuries. This highlighted the risks involved in even just being a safe driver. He said he was lucky he had his phone close enough to him so he could call for help. His story resonated with the year and left the room silent.
Students were then taken outside to view the live demonstration by the Emergency Response Unit. Josh Woods kindly volunteered to sit in a car while a selection of fire fighters cut the roof of the car to free him. They had also brought the remains of Thomas’ car to show the students the reality of what could happen on the roads. There was live commentary throughout the demonstration to talk us through the process. This was an entertaining and educational presentation and not something we all see every day. No-one wants to be in that situation, however it is reassuring to know that the local Emergency Services are on hand should it become a reality.
The students were left well-informed of the process in which someone is rescued from a car. After all, it could happen to anyone of us. The key message the speakers left was that nine times out of ten, you will get away with it; speeding, drinking and not wearing a seatbelt. However, that one time – it could be fatal! The speakers understand the students are at an exciting time and will soon be embarking on the road if they have not already done so. They were not trying to scare people, but inform them of the dangers. A large hand was given to all involved with the demonstrations and talks and their time and efforts were appreciated by all.
Jonathan Chaney Baxter
Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, Laundry Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0XS
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