SLIDESHOW: Pupils’ crash course in road safety

Watching a demonstration of an accident vcitim being cut from a smashed vehicle helped high school pupils to learn about the consequences of road traffic accidents.

Students at St Thomas a Becket and Kettlethorpe High School took part in road safety days following a fatal accident in Notton last year involving high school-aged students.

The days, run by West Yorkshire Police, in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS, Wakefield Council and Learner Driving Centres, covered topics including drink driving, use of seatbelts, driving when using mobile phones, speeding, the severities of injuries and peer pressure.

They also included a presentation from a West Yorkshire collisions investigator.

PC Laura Robinson of Wakefield NPT, who organised the days, said: “The events were a huge success with some great feedback from the students. It is hoped that in some way the days have encouraged them to think more carefully about their future decision making and the safety of themselves and others.”