Date: 26th September, 2018
Some 1,100 students from the Salisbury area will experience a hard-hitting road safety presentation next week.
Safe Drive, Stay Alive uses powerful personal testimony and dramatic video footage to make the audience aware of the tragedy and suffering caused by road traffic collisions.
Firefighters, medics, police officers, bereaved parents and people who have been directly involved in road traffic collisions recount their stories, often in heart-breaking detail.
On 3 and 4 October, the presentation will be seen by students from Godolphin School, Salisbury Sixth Form College, South Wiltshire Grammar School for Girls, Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Wiltshire College, Sarum Academy and Leehurst Swan, all in Salisbury; together with Trafalgar School, Downton; Focus School Wilton campus; Burgate School, Fordingbridge; and St Joseph’s, Laverstock.
Safe Drive, Stay Alive is a Wiltshire and Swindon road safety initiative coordinated by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on behalf of a partnership including Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Arval Ltd, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Severn Major Trauma Network.
Since its launch in 2006, the roadshow has been seen by thousands of students – and the organising team wants it to be essential viewing for every school in Swindon and Wiltshire.
Ian Hopkins, road safety manager at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: “The presentation is hard hitting and upsetting, but we make no apology for that. The speakers are real people who have experienced the horror of road traffic collisions, whether as a member of the emergency services, as a victim or as a parent who has lost a child. It is this truthfulness that makes it so successful. We know that the young people who see this roadshow are affected, and we have seen the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads decrease since the programme started. We really do make a difference.”
Safe Drive, Stay Alive roadshows have already been held in Swindon, and will be held for schools across Wiltshire through the Autumn, with further presentations scheduled for Melksham, Devizes, Tidworth, West Lavington, Chippenham and Marlborough between October and December.
There will also be a number of shows held specifically for military personnel in November, and a parallel programme of shows for schools in Dorset.