Distracted drivers course can help save lives

Give us an hour of your time and help save lives. That s the message from fire fighters in Royston at the launch of a new road safety initiative highlighting the dangers of being distracted while you re driving. As reported in The Crow earlier this month,

Give us an hour of your time and help save lives.

That's the message from fire fighters in Royston at the launch of a new road safety initiative highlighting the dangers of being distracted while you're driving.

As reported in The Crow earlier this month, Royston driving instructors participated in a pilot of the scheme, and it was so successful that further sessions have been planned for the coming weeks.

Royston Crew Commander Paul Neilson, said: "When you drive a car you put yourself in charge of a potentially deadly weapon, it is very important not to forget that when driving around in everyday life.


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"This session works as an eye-opener to new drivers and a refresher to existing drivers, highlighting the potentially life changing consequences of taking your concentration away from the road, even just for a moment. Royston's firefighters have used knowledge and experience gained over many years to make this an interesting and informative event, which may just save lives.

"I would urge all motorists to take an hour out of their day to take part in this session. If you have a new driver in the family, why not involve the whole family, everyone is welcome," he said.

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Drivers who sign up to attend the scheme receive a presentation and practical demonstration which lasts just over an hour and highlights the dangers of becoming distracted while driving.

The session also gives practical advice on what to do if you are involved in or come across a road traffic collision, including basic

first aid. The presentation includes a video that shows the consequences of using a mobile phone while driving.

Keith Emsall, executive member for community safety and culture at Herts County Council, said: "Firefighters are frequently called out to cut people from the wreckage of their vehicles and experience first-hand the devastating consequences of a road traffic collision. They are well-placed to warn motorists about the dangers of becoming distracted behind the wheel."

The scheme is being recommended by driving instructors to their students, and Saffron Insurance have pledged a ten percent discount on insurance to all participants.

The next sessions are tonight (Thursday May 18), and Thursday, June 22, beginning at 6:30pm and 8pm. To book, please call Royston Fire Station on 01763 822100.

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