Crash horror delivers safe driving message

Students from a Bognor Regis school were among those given a sobering look at the effects of a car crash.

The pupils of The Regis School joined some 300 others for the latest staging of the Safe Drive – Stay Alive campaign by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Those who went along to the hard-hitting presentation included 16-year-olds Chloe Archer, Hannah Penfold and Jessica Hall.

Chloe said: “It was moving and thought-provoking as well. It made me think because my dad was in a crash when he was about my age and this showed me what he’s had to deal with since then.”

Hannah said: “When I’ve been to family occasions or parties, and someone offers me a lift home, I’m now going to phone my mum for a lift.”

Jessica said: “I’m terrified about driving. It’s a lot of responsibility and this event has brought it home to me how much of a responsibility it is.”

Some of the students who attended the event at Butlin’s last Wednesday were moved to tears by its contents.

They featured a film of a car crash and testimonies about surviving an accident and the impact of fatalities on the families involved. Emergency services members called to deal with the aftermath of crashes also spoke about their experiences.

Compere and fire service crew manager Chris Bowles said: “This is about making the students think of all the different aspects of driving.”