Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine's Day Romance Killed For Peterborough Students

Hard-hitting messages were sent out to Peterborough teenagers on Valentine's Day when firefighters created a fatal collision scene at a college.

Fire crews, paramedics and police descended upon Peterborough Regional College today (Feb 14) as part of the For My Girlfriend campaign, run by the SaferPeterborough Partnership.

The scenario involved a young male driver in a car crash, which kills his girlfriend and lands him in a police cell. The campaign urges young drivers to take responsibility when behind the wheel and highlights the personal and legal consequences of being involved in a road collision.

Lynn Betteridge, Community Risk Manager at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Today was about sending home hard-hitting messages to the young people of Peterborough through an extremely visual scenario with our partnership agencies.

"The aim was to make young people aware of the consequences of speeding, drinking, alcohol and drug misuse as well as distraction in a vehicle. In 2013 111 people aged 17-25 were injured on Peterborough roads. In the past five years 52 people in the same age bracket have been killed or seriously injured on Peterborough's roads.

"We hope through campaigns like this, young people in the city will learn to become responsible drivers, not buckle to peer pressure and think about the consequences their actions have on others."

Jacqueline Fleming, Health and Safety Officer at Peterborough Regional College, said: "The College has participated with the For My Girlfriend event for 11 years and works closely with the road safety team, police, ambulance and fire service to ensure our students understand the implications of road traffic accidents."

Clair George, Road Safety Officer for the SaferPeterborough partnership, added: "This morning's activities were aimed at illustrating the terrible dangers and consequences that can occur when driving irresponsibly. One of our key priorities is to reduce the number of young drivers and passengers aged 17 to 25 who are killed or seriously injured on Peterborough roads."