Road safety day hailed a success

Emergency services demonstrated cutting a 'casualty' from a collision in front of Bideford College s

Emergency services demonstrated cutting a 'casualty' from a collision in front of Bideford College students. - Credit: Archant

Bideford College students heard personal accounts from emergency services and families of victims of car accidents in a bid to raise awareness of road safety.

A ROAD safety and awareness day at Bideford College has been hailed a success by the emergency services.

Year 10 students heard from fire fighters and paramedics about collisions they had attended as well as watching a demonstration of a ‘casualty’ being cut from a car.

Barry Webb, station manager at Bideford fire station, said: “During 2007 and 2012 in Devon alone there were 373 fatalities on our roads and countless people seriously injured.

“We wanted to try to make the students appreciate and understand how important the choices they now make can affect their lives and those around them.”

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The students also heard from the sister of a former head boy at the college who died in a car accident when he was 16.

Nicky Williams spoke about how her life had changed when Michael died 11 years ago.

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She said: “I wanted to share with the students the pain and sadness at losing someone so close to me.

“I also found it very emotional to return to the school but in doing so I believe I have helped others.”

Jason Parnell of the South West Ambulance Service Trust, said: “To be afforded the opportunity to demonstrate to the public the complexities involved for the emergency services when responding to road traffic collisions, along with the horrific realities and consequences of such incidents, can only serve to raise awareness for all parties involved.

“This was bolstered by the touching presentation from Nicky who was brave enough to share her experience following the tragic death of her brother Michael.

“If this makes a difference to just one person and helps to prevent the on-going trauma that is inevitably caused by such accidents, then this presentation will have no doubt served a positive end.”

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