Dorset News, Education, Latest News | Posted: Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 10:35 am | return to news

Driving presentation co-ordinated by DWFRS goes digital

Safe Drive Stay Alive, coordinated by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS), and aimed at Year 11-13 students has gone digital.

A road safety programme using powerful personal testimony has gone digital
A road safety programme using powerful personal testimony has gone digital

The road safety programme uses powerful personal testimony and dramatic video footage to make the audience aware of the tragedy and suffering caused by road traffic collisions. Firefighters, medics, police officers, bereaved parents and people who have been directly involved in such incidents recount their stories, often in heart-breaking detail.

The DWFRS road safety team have also written an optional lesson plan, of which the presentation can be a part. The lesson includes 20-30 minutes of additional suggested discussion and activities, to help embed learning but also incentivise students with the goals they can achieve when good choices are made as a driver or passenger.

Road safety manager Christine Sharma said, “As soon as we knew that live shows wouldn’t be possible for this school year, we moved to an on-line format – our brave speakers and volunteers have kindly recorded their accounts to avoid technical issues, and some additional digital resources have been added to make the presentation flow.

“Before going out to schools, we trialled the show with our own staff, colleagues from partner agencies within Dorset Road Safe and Wiltshire & Swindon Road Safety Partnership, and our sponsors. This helped us hugely and we will continue to refine the delivery based on the feedback we receive. The launch shows went really well, and we’re delighted with the response – more dates are being made available for the spring term and we’re hopeful of reaching as many students as we have previously.”

Any school in Dorset or Wiltshire with Year 11-13 students can book one of these free shows. If you’ve not already been contacted by the Safe Drive Stay Alive team, please email christine.sharma@dwfire.org.uk

Corporate shows can also be requested by businesses – for more information, please contact the team.

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