Students experience ‘impact day’
Students at a Warrington school experienced first-hand the impact of a road traffic collision at an event designed to help keep them safe on the borough’s roads.
The Halton and Warrington Road Safety Partnership delivered its inaugural ‘impact day’ at Penketh High School, to get students to think about the effects a road traffic collision has on everybody in the community, not just friends and family.
Working together, emergency response teams and the council set-up a ‘live’ crash scene in the school playground. Some students acted as casualties while others watched how the emergency services work together to save lives in an incident.
Following the crash scene, the students were split into groups to take part in classroom sessions to discuss what they’d seen and work out all the people who would be affected by a road traffic collision. Guest speakers, who had felt the effects of a crash, gave a series of first-hand accounts of their experiences to pupils.
Councillor Hans Mundry said: “This exercise gave pupils a chance to focus on how normal life can be destroyed by a road accident in a split second.
“We have targeted young people with this campaign as normally they just think of friends and family, but so many others feel the impact in their lives - emergency services personnel will be affected along with their families, magistrates, teachers, neighbours, witnesses, the list goes on and on.”
Mr B Dunne, head teacher at Penketh High School, said: “This was one of the most powerful reconstructions I have ever seen. In the 'life-like' virtual world of video games and computer generated images, powerful messages that require a hard hitting impact can be difficult to get across to youngsters.
“The impact team, with the support of all the emergency services, did an amazing job in bringing their important road safety messages to life at Penketh High School.
“This was very difficult for our pupils to watch but I'm certain that if all youngsters across Warrington get to see this very real insight into the horror of a road traffic accident, dozens of lives could be saved across the region each year.”