Emotive story is saving lives

Police with students at the road safety day

Police with students at the road safety day

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“I didn’t realise a car accident can have such an impact on families.”

“I didn’t realise a car accident can have such an impact on families.”

Hard-to-shock teenagers in Spalding are being given an emotive look at what can happen when young drivers die needlessly on our roads.

A 2Fast2Soon presentation given to students at the Post-16 Centre last week used a real-life experience to drive the message home.

Kirsty’s Story, told by actors with TV visuals of the actual crash scene, featured an accident in which three young lives were lost.

John Siddle, of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, took the role of police officer in a presentation that also focussed in the fatal four - speeding, not wearing a seat belt, using mobile phones and drink-drug driving.

He said: “Young people are pretty unshockable but when they see the father accusing the mum and the police officer starting every question with ‘I’m sorry to ask you this’ it’s pretty full on.

“Teachers as well as students have been in floods of tears by the end.”

The 2Fast2Soon presentation was introduced in Lincolnshire in 2006, targeting 17 to 24-year-olds.

It has since been recognised for a 70 per cent reduction in young drivers’ deaths in the county.