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Road Safety Afternoon tells sombre story

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No one wants it to happen to them, and the Road Safety Afternoon at the college aimed to help make sure that it never does.

The afternoon started with a dramatic demonstration by Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service of how casualties are cut out of a car. Three students, Eamon Bensaud, Harri Beasley and Scarlett Jeffery-Geen, bravely volunteered to be the injured passengers while Kevin Napier, Watch Manager of Red Watch, and his team dismantled the Volkswagen Polo in which they had been ‘travelling’.

Also on display in the grounds of the college was a car crash simulator provided by safety organisation 2fast2soon and a BikeSafe stand exhibiting the badly-damaged motobike riden by student Aaron Cook, who tragically died in the accident.

A local drama group staged a hard-hitting theatre production ‘For My Girlfriend’ about a young man who kills his girlfriend in a car crash. This was followed by a talk by 24-year old Nick Bennett, spokesperson for road safety charity Brake, and self-confessed ‘boy racer’ until he sustained serious injuries, including brain damage, in a collision with a lorry.  Nick has been left with speech and mobility problems. On display outside the hall were the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Bikeability.

Niamh McNabb, Assistant Head of Studies, Physics teacher and motobike owner, says: “We are extremely grateful to all the individuals and organisations who have helped make this day the thought-provoking experience we wanted. We hope that our students will think carefully about what they see today, and put into practice the lessons they have learned.  Their time at Long Road is an investment in their future: we want them to be able to benefit in full from that investment.”