Teens told to ‘think twice’ at crash demo

Members of the fire service and ambulance service work on one of the actors from Lytham St Annes High Sixth Form, Adam Mackle.

Members of the fire service and ambulance service work on one of the actors from Lytham St Annes High Sixth Form, Adam Mackle.

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Teenagers watched as the horrors of a fatal road crash were brought vividly to life in an accident re-enactment held at a Fylde park.

Fylde’s roads have claimed seven lives between 2010 and 2012. Organisations including Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire Police were behind the demonstration on playing fields at Park View in Lytham.

During the re-enactment, which depicted a serious crash involving two cars, the tops of the cars were cut off and a DVD was shown to outline the grief experienced by parents at the loss of a child’s life on the roads.

Pupils from Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College took part in the event.

Ian Garrod, St Annes fire station commander, said: “We’ve aimed this at 13 to 19-year-olds as they are the next generation of drivers.

“We want them to see the horror of what can happen if they are in a crash. It is a graphic way to get across to them the need to drive carefully.”

The demonstration was an open event with all members of the public invited.

The audience was mainly made up of teenagers from schools across the Fylde coast.

Mr Garrod said: “Road safety is a priority for the Children’s Trust and the Community Safety Partnership as Fylde has a history of above-average rates of serious accidents. We haven’t got the figures yet for the last year, although we expect they will show a fall.

“Even so, we want to keep up the work with young people. Members of the public regularly tell the police and other bodies that speeding is one of their top concerns.

“Young people think that accidents won’t happen to them, but they are actually more likely to have an accident than anyone else.”

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Event was a stark warning of dangers

Park View organiser Cath Powell said: “The event was great because it’s what Park View is all about – doing something for the good of the community.

“Kids from all over came to watch the re-enactment, which was performed superbly by students from Lytham St Annes High School – it was very, very realistic.

“Many people commented how it really affected them and the stark realisation seemed to hit home.”

Firefighter Gavin Kirkham from St Annes Station added: “The feedback really showed people’s thoughts on the demonstration.”

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