Mock crash an important lesson

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Speaking out... Temuka Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Richard Webb talks to Opihi College pupils about the dangers of getting behind the wheel. PHOTOS: RACHAEL COMER

by Rachael Comer

Opihi College pupils have seen first-hand the impact of drink-driving.
Pupils at the school wsaw a mock crash at the school last Thursday, involving emergency services staff from Temuka and a pupil being “rescued” from a vehicle which had previously been involved in a crash.
The mock event was organised by college pupil Phill Davis who is the school’s SADD (Students Against Dangerous Driving) representative.
SADD encourages young people to make safer and better choices on the road.
Phill said he had come up with the idea for the mock accident, as it was important for pupils to see the realities of a crash.
The vehicle involved had belonged to a staff member’s daughter who had been involved in an accident recently.

In charge . Opihi College pupil Phill Davis (17) organised a mock accident at the school last Thursday as part of Students Against Dangerous Driving promotions.

“I contacted the Temuka Fire Brigade and they were very supportive and helpful,” Phill said.
Members of St John also attended the mock accident, which involved a pupil being rescued from the vehicle.
Emergency services arrived at the scene of the “crash” at the side of the school property with sirens blaring, as pupils gathered in the drizzle to see what was happening.
The pupil in the driver’s seat of the vehicle was comforted by ambulance staff as members of the fire brigade worked on rescuing the young driver.
Phill said he was pleased by how the mock crash had worked and thought all pupils would have learnt something from the event.
At the completion of the rescue, school staff members and Temuka Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Richard Webb spoke to pupils about driving safely.
SADD focuses on six key issues affecting young driver safety: sober drivers, safe speeds, no distractions, avoiding risks, driving to the conditions and building experience.