Sevenoaks students get crash course in road safety

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By kentsussex | Friday, December 14, 2012, 10:12

The dangers of reckless driving were highlighted to pupils at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks this week by firefighters re-enacting the aftermath of a car crash.

The aim of the hard hitting lesson by Sevenoaks firefighters was to encourage young drivers to be responsible for their own and others' safety while driving.

The students watched crews cut two friends out of a smashed up car, using specialist rescue equipment, while fire officers explained how the irresponsible behaviour of passengers can result in the driver becoming distracted.

Knole student, 18-year-old Riley Horner said: "Today's graphic display, where I was cut from a smashed car, reinforced my determination never to drive in a reckless fashion. 

"It was particularly frightening and something that I will never forget."

Sevenoaks Watch Manager, Danny Barrett, said "Driving too fast, taking risks, showing off to impress your friends and talking on your mobile while driving are all likely to result in a crash but it's not worth risking your life or someone else's."

Knole Academy's Assistant Principal, Russell Turner, said: "I would like to thank Kent Fire and Rescue Service for their powerful demonstration. I am sure it will live long in the memory of its audience and potentially save lives in the future."

Danny added: "Our message is simple, if you want to arrive alive, slow down, drive safely and take care on the roads."

Knole Academy is the first school in the area to take part in this training by KFRS. Today's event is the first of a year long campaign to get the message across to students that driving safely really does save the lives of you and those around you.

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