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Melksham students to see Safe Drive roadshow

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Over 1,300 Year 11 students from across West Wiltshire, including Melksham Oak will experience a hard-hitting road safety presentation this week.

Safe Drive Stay Alive uses powerful personal testimony and dramatic video footage to make the audience aware of the tragedy and suffering caused by road traffic collisions.

Firefighters, medics, police officers, bereaved parents and people who have been directly involved in road traffic collisions recount their stories, often in heartbreaking detail.

Students from Melksham Oak School and Stonar School in Atworth will attend the roadshows on 10th and 11th October at the Civic Centre in Trowbridge.

Ian Hopkins, road safety development manager at Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service explained, “The presentation is hard hitting and upsetting, but we make no apology for that. The speakers are real people who have experienced the horror of road traffic collisions, whether as a member of the emergency services, as a victim or as a parent who has lost a child. It is this truthfulness that makes it so successful.

“We know that the young people who see this roadshow are affected, and we have seen the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads decrease since the programme started. We really do make a difference.”