26 Nov 2019

Published in: Member News

The devastating effects of making the wrong decision when driving will be brought home to students at City of Wolverhampton College next Monday (December 2), as part of a hard-hitting road safety campaign.

Firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service will be at the Paget Road campus kitting up students with virtual reality headsets to show how a simple decision can have huge consequences for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. 

Five staff, from White Watch at Wolverhampton Fire Station in Merridale Street, will be using the headsets to highlight the importance of being a responsible driver and the dangers of speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and using a mobile phone at the wheel. 

The team will also be carrying out tyre tread checks, showing staff and students how to correctly fit child car seats and giving advice on the importance of maintaining vehicles, planning journeys and checking the weather forecast before setting out during the winter months.  

Firefighter Andy Jamieson, from West Midlands Fire Service, said: “We know that young drivers aged 17-24 are at a much higher risk of having an accident. Drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders but are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver.  

We’re very grateful to the college for working with us to highlight the importance of road safety and we hope that the virtual reality experience will highlight the consequences of making the wrong decision to students and make them think about their actions next time they get behind the wheel.”  

Follow West Midlands Fire Service and Wolverhampton Fire Station on Twitter @WestMidsFire @Wton_fire

Submitted by Isabelle from City Of Wolverhampton College
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