Medway clubbers to be shown road safety demo

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Medway clubbers to be shown road safety demo

Posted: 01/07/2008 17:04:15

Medway clubbers will be given a sobering insight into how the emergency services spend their evenings, when fire crews and paramedics stage a serious road traffic collision outside Amadeus nightclub in Medway Valley Leisure Park, Cuxton on Friday night.

Research shows that young people are more likely to kill themselves or their passengers, as well as posing a significant risk to other road users. In fact, a quarter of the convictions for causing death by dangerous driving are for drivers under 20 years old.

As part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s multi-agency road safety campaign ‘Operation Carmageddon’, the evening aims to educate young people on the potentially horrific consequences of being involved in a serious road traffic collision and to encourage young drivers and passengers to be responsible for their own and others’ safety while driving.

Fire crews from Strood will be assisting with the removal of mock casualties from a wrecked car on the night. Station Manager Liam Hudson said: “Each time our crews attend the scene of fatal road traffic collision involving a young person, we are sickened by the tragic waste of young life.

The campaign is intended to challenge young peoples’ attitudes about safe driving and encourage them to question how they can keep safe when travelling in a car, either as a driver or as a passenger. Making them really think about the potential consequences of driving without care and attention will hopefully help prevent further loss of life on Kent’s roads.”

Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Education Manager Alexa Kersting-Woods said: “Our experience tells us that young people rarely attend safety events such as open days so this campaign aims to take road safety education right to the places where they are already gathered, for example car parks, schools and night-spots. We hope that this event will help those who come and witness it keep themselves and their peers safer on Kent’s roads.”


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