Students urged to drive carefully in hard-hitting Valentine's Day campaign
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11th February 2020

The devastating consequences of using mobile phones while driving will be brought home to students at City of Wolverhampton College in a hard-hitting Valentine’s Day virtual reality experience.  

Students will be donning headsets to become ‘passengers’ in a speeding car involved in a collision with a tractor after the driver is distracted by the occupants scrolling through photographs on a mobile phone.  

The film – called ‘For the one I love’ – produced by fire and rescue services, aims to highlight the importance of being a responsible driver, the consequences of road traffic accidents and the impact on emergency services involved in the aftermath.   

Hugh Benson, health and safety manager at the college, said: “We want our students to think about the distractions they face when driving and how answering their phonereading a text message or scrolling through social media can have devastating effects for them and their passengers.”   

The event will also be attended by West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and staff from the road safety team at Wolverhampton City Council who will be handing out red roses with tags attached giving the number of young people killed or seriously injured locally in the last 12 months.   

Figures show that young drivers aged 17-24 are at a much higher risk of having an accident and whilst drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders they are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver. 

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