Think Twice Road Safety Event

Whilst reviewing their district priorities, the Fylde Children and Young People's Trust Board identified road safety as an issue that should be addressed, particularly for young affluent drivers and their passengers.

The Board established a task and finish group to deliver a road safety event; Fylde Community Safety Partnership also had this issue as a priority and helped to facilitate the event. The group included representatives from: Fylde Borough Council, Fylde CYP Trust Board, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, Young People's Service, North Lancashire NHS, North West Ambulance Service, Park View 4U and the Safer Travel Unit.

Promotional posters and flyers were produced and distributed to secondary schools and colleges and financial support was provided by the Local Strategic Partnership. Approximately 100 young people, and many parents, attended on 7 September at Lytham's Queen Elizabeth Playing Fields.

What worked well...

The event featured the following:

Wasted Lives: Lancashire Road Safety Partnership set up the Wasted Lives display, centred around the wreckage of a car that had been involved in a fatal accident, and gave a presentation, explaining the background and terrible consequences of the accident.

Missing Matthew: The Fire and Rescue Service gave a presentation and showed the Missing Matthew film produced by the Road Safety Partnership. Missing Matthew is a true story of a family trying to come to terms with the loss of their son in a tragic car accident. The film brings home the devastating consequences of "thrill- seeking" driving and alerts young people (and parents) to the signs that they may be putting themselves in danger as drivers or passengers.

Accident reconstruction: Officers from the Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service and Lancashire Constabulary set up a realistic accident scenario, aided by four young people who volunteered to be drivers and passengers in the two cars. An officer from the Fire and Rescue Service provided a commentary whilst colleagues worked to assess the accident site, protect the victims and dismantle the cars to enable the victims to be removed to the waiting ambulance for transport to hospital.

Officers from Lancashire YPS were on hand to support any young people affected by the event.

Result!

When the presentations and reconstruction had finished, the young people were offered free pizza and soft drinks at Park View community centre and had the opportunity to evaluate the event by adding their comments to a feedback wall. Their notes were collated by the Road Safety Partnership and the feedback showed that those attending the event took away a range of clear messages about road safety.


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