Road Runner event highlights the importance of road safety

June 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

7th to 9th June saw a team of professionals from Essex Police, EYPDAS, Essex Fire and Rescue and local driving schools, attend Writtle College to highlight road safety to Further Education students.

The aim of the Road Runner 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 and encouragement is shared in an active, realistic environment. Activities included driving lessons in the College car park from local driving schools, and off road tuition in a Subaru Simulator.

The road safety event was organised by Essex County Council and hosted by Writtle College in the aim of targeting the 16-20 age group.

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!"

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. They are looking forward to coming back to our beautiful campus again for the Road Runners event. Feedback from the students was also very positive and I think we hit the right note in raising awareness.”