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Staying safe on the roads is the message to company staff in Swindon
5:32pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
A LEADING Swindon company held a road safety day for employees to show the consequences of a crash.
Castrol, based in Pipers Way, worked with Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police and Swindon Council to organise the event on Tuesday, which was open to several hundred of its own staff and also personnel from other companies based in the same building.
Two Safe Drive Stay Alive presentations were held during the day, the wreckage of a car involved in a fatal drink-drive crash was on display in the car park, road safety displays were on show in the main building, with a particular focus on bike safety and firefighters demonstrated how casualties are cut free from vehicles with an accident reconstruction in the afternoon.
Safe Drive Stay Alive is a Wiltshire and Swindon road safety initiative coordinated by Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of a partnership including Wiltshire Police, SWIFT Medics, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Council, NHS Wiltshire and Honda UK.
Wiltshire FRS road safety development manager Ian Hopkins said: “Safe Drive was originally intended for Year 11 students, but we have been successful in taking the show to a wider audience. We now hold regular presentations for the military, and we are keen to expand our focus to commercial drivers.
“The aim of the day at Castrol was to make people think about the consequences of certain actions. Most people are lucky enough not to have seen the aftermath of a road traffic collision, so we wanted them to better understand what can happen if you lose concentration on the roads.”