CAR CRASH SIMULATOR DRIVES HOME SAFETY MESSAGE TO MVRUS PUPILS
Craigavon High School Hosts Autoline’s ‘2 Young 2 Die’ campaign
Year 12 MVRUS pupils from the Portadown and Lurgan Campuses of Craigavon Senior High School have taken part in a road safety initiative which includes a car crash simulator, one of only a few in use across the UK.
Delivered by Northern Ireland insurance broker Autoline Insurance Group in association with the road safety charity, ‘Brake’, the ‘2 Young 2 Die’ campaign encourages students to think about issues such as speed, alcohol and drugs, distractions and the consequences of crashes.
In addition to using a range of hard-hitting videos, statistics and workshop discussions, the initiative now includes a specially modified Ford Focus. Equipped with hi-tech equipment to simulate a real-life crash incident, the aim is bring home the grim reality of careless driving.
Last year 74 people were killed on Northern Ireland’s roads, of which over 30% were aged under 25. Nine of the fatalities were in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.
Neil Alderdice, Subject Leader for MVRUS, said: ‘This excellent workshop really highlighted the importance of being a safe and responsible road user. The car crash simulator provided the pupils with a unique experience, helping them understand the real-life consequences of driving irresponsibly’.
The newly introduced car crash simulator uses a high quality sound system, hydraulics, smoke and lights to recreate a true incident which resulted in multiple fatalities and a prison sentence for the 17-year old driver.