Derbyshire Constabulary and Fire & Rescue visited Buxton & Leek College today to present a harrowingly realistic ‘mock’ road traffic collision, closing the Devonshire Road in Buxton.
The demonstration which used the College’s Public Services students as passengers and witnesses, is part of a campaign to reduce the number of casualties and deaths caused by dangerous driving in the High Peak area. This also links into a national safe driving campaign, targeting the at risk 17-24 year-old age-range.
Commentary by one of the rescue team was given moment-by-moment, as a police vehicle, fire engine and ambulance arrived as they would at a real-life scene.
Hayley Mardle, a Public Services Tutor who helped organise the event, praised her students for acting the part of witnesses and victims, commenting that they were ‘very brave to take part in such a realistic traffic collision and be cut out of the vehicles.’
One of the College’s young actors played dead whilst others had life threatening injuries, realistically portrayed with the help of stage make-up by the College’s Media Make-up students.
The demonstration followed an earlier film screening at the Devonshire Dome, which screened shocking ‘real life’ footage of teenagers using mobile phones which went on to cause near fatal smashes.
The event took considerable planning and students commented that it had really made them think about the implications of dangerous driving.
Nadia Shalan, Operations Manager who helped organise the event publicly thanked the Derbyshire Constabulary and Fire & Rescue for their fantastic demonstration.
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