Walsall College hosted a series of interactive sessions to raise awareness of road safety amongst its students, with support from Walsall Council’s Road Safety team and the West Midlands Fire Service.
The event took place on Valentine’s Day, using the theme ‘Don’t Hurt the One you Love’ to talk about the serious impact dangerous driving can have on people’s lives.
Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to learn about the consequences of unsafe driving through gadgets and technology. Staff from Walsall Council provided a driving simulator for students to experience the challenges facing young drivers and their passengers.
Virtual Reality Goggles, brought in by the Fire Service, enabled students to visualise the dangers of driving irresponsibly.
Free retro ‘Love Heart’ sweets were also on offer to students who had taken part in the interactive sessions.
Gail Houghton, Student Engagement Co-ordinator at Walsall College, said: “The event was a great way to raise awareness to young people about the importance of road safety. Unfortunately, 187 people were killed or seriously injured in the local region last year. This is a sad statistic that has increased since last year.
We are grateful to Walsall Council & the Fire Service for providing this activity today. The Fire Service were called away to an incident during the event & this further highlighted the demands on their time.
Students appreciated this highly interactive session & the simulator provided a real life experience.”
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