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Friday, 24 October 2014

Road accident clips leave Millom pupils in tears

PUPILS were given a hard- hitting talk demonstrating the dangers of reckless driving.

Firefighters Mike Dobson, Barrow watch manager, and Ian Berry, Millom station manager, visited Millom School as part of the fire service's road awareness training programme.

The presentation involved shocking video clips and emotional pictures taken immediately after road accidents in a bid to hammer home the message behind safe driving.

Around 50 per cent of road accidents in Cumbria involve people under 25 and Mr Dobson said the purpose of the talk was to show the genuine dangers on the roads.

He said: “We started the presentation around 10 years ago when we realised the accident figures were climbing up.

“Every time we come into schools you get a good response.”

The show climaxed with footage of a drink-driver careering through a garden fence and killing a child.

“It's hard-hitting. We try and end it on a serious note so the pupils go away and think about it.”

Mr Dobson spoke about the psychological impact of accidents not only on the drivers and casualties but firefighters themselves.

After the presentation pupils were shown cutting gear used at accident scenes and given a whirlwind tour of the fire engine stationed at Millom.

Stewart Robinson, director of guidance at the school, said: “Because Cumbria's at the top of the list for fatalities for under-25s we arranged this session.

“Hopefully it got an important message over to them not just for when they become drivers but passengers too.”

The presentation left a strong impression on a number of pupils, some of whom were moved to tears by the films shown.

Rebecca Strange, a year 11 pupil at the school, said: “The presentation was quite shocking. It was harsh but true.”

Katherine Hirst said: “It will be a few years until I'm driving but something like that will mean I'm more aware when I am.

“It was definitely something to think about.”

Taylor McEwan said: “It was shocking. I don't want to learn to drive any more.”

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