Students in Ballymena had the ‘dramatic scenes’ that unfold during a traffic collision demonstrated to them as part of a road safety event.
Organised by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), the crash reconstruction took place at the Northern Regional College as part of 2018 Road Safety Week (19-25 Nov).
Stephen McCartney, head of student services at Northern Regional College, said the event helped students have a better appreciation of the potential dangers on the road.
He said: “The staged fatal accident on campus was a hard-hitting but effective way to highlight the carnage that emergency services can witness when they arrive at the scene of a road traffic collision.
“We hope this event will help encourage our students to show greater care and consideration to all road users and that this in turn will help them become better, safer motorists.”
In 2017, Counties Antrim and Londonderry saw 2,572 road traffic collisions, more than 10% of which (260) resulted in people being killed or seriously injured. PSNI says the main causes of collisions were inattention and driving too close.
PSNI is warning young drivers that they are not ‘indestructible’ and is encouraging them to think about their safety – especially during the winter months.
Constable Sydney Henry, PSNI roads policing team, said: “We are all vulnerable and no one is immune. The road does not discriminate and will kill anyone who does not respect it. Cars do not cause crashes; roads do not cause crashes: people do.”
Paul Caskey, watch commander with NIFRS, said: “So far this year our firefighters have rescued over 450 people trapped in their vehicles. Sadly, they witness first-hand the carnage on our roads and the lives completely destroyed as a consequence of irresponsible road user behaviour.”