Consequences of dangerous driving hits home at Dying 2 Drive 2017
Our annual Dying 2 Drive event took place at the end of November, showing the fatal results of driving whilst distracted and speeding. Organised by our Public Services students, they liaised closely with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, Derbyshire Constabulary and EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme).
Taking place right on our doorstep, the event featured a staged fatal road traffic incident and the live response of the emergency services. A big thank you to our performing arts students for acting as the drivers/passengers (and the media make up students who worked on them) and to the vehicle accident repair staff and students for providing the vehicles designed to look 'post accident'.
Our Media students are also producing a road safety DVD for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue which will hopefully provide an excellent resource for the emergency services when educating young people about staying safe on Derbyshire's roads.
The whole event is an excellent opportunity for our Public Services students to experience life in the emergency services and take a glimpse of what they may be doing in ther future careers.
Media student Rachel, who also won the AoC Student Video of the Year in November, explains how she feels working on the project, "It's a real eye opener. The rest of the media team and I have really enjoyed being part of this and hopefully what we produce will help to educate people about why road safety is so important. What struck me was just how loud it all was, especially when the door pillars were being cut."
Former Public Services students now Special Sergeants at Derbyshire Constabulary, Jack and Sam, attended the event and recall just how useful it is when looking to join the emergency services. Jack explains, "There's only so much you can teach in a classroom about attending incidents such as a road traffic collision. Events like Dying 2 Drive really bring it home what you have to deal with when working for an emergency service. For example the smell of it all, the sounds, having to deal with the injured and/or fatalities and how families are informed. It's really interesting to be back here as someone working in the field rather than a student, it's such a good opportunity for us to really drive home to young people the importance of road safety and the consequences of driving dangerously or driving distracted."
Jamie from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue says, "Speaking to the Public Services students, they all understand the importance of road safety which is fantastic. As this event is viewable for the rest of the college cohort, even if it drives home the consequences of dangerous driving to just one person and helps to minimise the risk of them being involved in a road traffic incident then it's absolutely worthwhile."