Road Safety Week 201222nd November 2012
As part of Road Safety Week, Public Services and Sports students from Calderdale College attended the Road Safety ‘Road show’ at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and partners organised a ‘Road Show’ to emphasise the important road safety messages to ensure other young people don’t make the same mistakes. This was carried out using a number of road safety videos as well as first-hand accounts.
Members of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service spoke to students about their first-hand experiences to raise awareness of the importance of road safety. Upon entering the theatre, students from across Calderdale were met with darkness as they found their seats and were introduced to each speaker, lit by a single spotlight.
As well as their individual experiences of road traffic accidents as a Fire Fighter, Paramedic and Family Liaison Officer, students were also given real-life testimonies from the perspectives of bereaved parents which collectively brought home the horrific and devastating impact on people’s lives which in most cases, were caused by a single, careless split-decision. All testimonies shared a common fear of road traffic crashes and the horrific reality of what each and every emergency service and family involved have to go through and the devastating effect this can have on not only parents, but entire families.