Roadster event highlights the importance of road safety

May 2012

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On May 21 -23, Writtle College hosted their second annual Roadster road safety awareness event with a team of professionals from Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue, Essex County Council,Trading Standards and local driving schools to highlight road safety to 250 Further Education students.

The aim of the Roadster event is to place students in challenging scenarios, which aid them in understanding, evaluating and rectifying situations they could encounter as drivers or members of the community.

Information is shared in an active, realistic environment with activities including driving lessons in the College car park, and off road tuition in a Subaru Simulator.

The road safety event organised by Essex County Council and hosted by Writtle College aims at targeting the 16-20 age group.

PC Deborah Gray Farrer, Partnership and Community Engagement Officer from the Central Roads Policing Unit said: “Four of the most common factors that can have a big impact in RTCs are drink/drug driving, excessive speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving, or failing to wear a seat belt.

“Police Officers will continue to tackle this offending behaviour through education, engagement, enforcement and engineering in an effort to save people's lives.

“The majority of road users are law abiding citizens who comply with the road laws and we would like to thank them for this and hope that this continues.

Our aim is to reduce collisions within Essex and to make the roads a safer place to travel on!"

PC Paul Barber went on to comment: “I am yet to meet a student that didn’t enjoy the day. I definitely think that the event being discussed amongst the students raises awareness of road safety.”

Tamzin Mills, Course Scheme Manager at Writtle College and one of the organisers for the event said: “Essex County Council, the Police and Fire Service all said that Writtle College was an excellent venue and that the event ran very well indeed. It was lovely to welcome them back as they do such an amazing job driving down accidents amongst this age group.”