Over 220 sixth form pupils from Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School came together last week to experience an interactive road safety education event hosted by Cross and Passion and organised by Moyle Policing & Community Safety Partnership.
On behalf of Moyle PCSP, the Fire & Rescue Service joined forces with the Police Service to put on a range of activities to promote safer driving for young drivers and vividly demonstrated the potential causes and consequences of road traffic accidents.
With the use of an actual car involved in a road traffic accident, teams from the fire service and police, complete with fire appliances, cutting equipment, traffic cones and flashing lights, cordoned off a large section of the car park to demonstrate to the students what can occur at the scene of an car crash.
The PCSP ‘2Fast2Soon’ car was also brought to the College for students to experience. This specially modified car is designed to give a ‘virtual’ experience of what it can be like for a driver and passengers involved in a car crash.
The ‘2Fast2Soon’ car is fitted with special hydraulic suspension which simulates the impact of a car crash while running a re-enactment from in-car video screens of the events leading up to and during a crash.
Cllr Joan Baird, Chair of Moyle PCSP, who welcomed the pupils and guests to the event, said: “We are delighted to have the input of the Fire Service and the Police here today and want to thank them for all their hard work in putting their demonstrations together for the sixth form students of Cross & Passion and Ballycastle High School.
“Road Safety and the alarming levels of fatalities on the roads, especially since the beginning of 2014, are of real concern to us all and of particular concern to Moyle PCSP as we see ways of addressing problems of dangerous and nuisance driving in the District.
“The message of how to keep safe on the roads is especially important to get across to the young people as they begin their driving life and it is a message that cannot be conveyed strongly enough.”
Constable Sydney Henry, Road Policing Education Officer, said: “This is was a valuable opportunity to reach a large number of young people.”