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Hard-Hitting Road Safety Campaign for Sixth Formers

Sixth Formers were faced with the harsh reality of road accidents in a powerful talk that promoted good driving behaviour.

Steve Parr, from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue, told the group that every day, eight or nine people die on the country's roads and around 3,000 are injured.

He played a hard-hitting video of the consequences of a fatal road accident and asked them to question why young people - particularly boys - act in certain ways when they get behind the wheel.

Mr Parr also warned of the very real dangers of the Fatal Four - speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, drug/drink driving and not wearing a seatbelt. He also stressed the importance of vehicle maintenance and checking things like tyre treads.

He said: "The video contains some very graphic images but the message is powerful. Young people always think that this is something that happens to others - by the end of the video they know exactly what could happen to them.

"We want them to be aware that the choices they make inside a car can affect their lives. We ask them why they would get in a car with someone who's had a couple of drinks.

"We also talk about life changing injuries and how they might not be able to pursue the career of their choice if they've been badly injured."