School children witness aftermath of a 'collision' at road safety day

Merseyside / September 24

Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service have joined forces to hold a Road Safety Day for youngsters in Croxteth today (Monday 24 September 2018).

Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner, Cllr Emily Spurrell, will join 200 local school children to see the aftermath of a mock collision involving a car and scrambler bike at the Training and Development Academy on Storrington Avenue, a centre of excellence which is used by emergency services across the North West.

Constable Alan Thompson, who has run a scrambler bike awareness poster competition for the past four years, enlisted the help of students from Hugh Baird College who will perform as actors on the day and do the makeup.

The Mini Police will help by closing the ‘road’, and paramedics will be joined by the fire service to lift the car and remove and treat the ‘casualties’.

Con Thompson said: “We are always looking for new ways to engage with young people and keep them safe.

“We will talk the children through every step of the process, from the police arriving at scene and requesting the assistance of other emergency services, to the casualties being treated and taken to hospital.

“Our hope is that be showing in a very real way the impact of a collision, we will ensure that all those children attending go away with a greater understanding of the importance of staying safe on our roads, and acting responsibly at all times.”

“It is great to be able to include the Mini Police to help with the event, and wonderful to have the support of Hugh Baird and all the schools we go into regularly to deliver these safety messages, who are sending pupils on the day.

“Many of the incidents on our roads are preventable, and this event should equip the young people with the skills to keep themselves out of harm’s way.

“I would like to thank all the organisations that have supported this event and given their time to make it such a worthwhile event for the schools who are attending.”