WARWICKSHIRE Police and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are working in partnership to reduce deaths on our roads of drivers and passengers.
This involves educating members of the public, especially young drivers and new drivers, in the four main causes of death and serious injury. These are: use of mobile phones whilst driving, no seat belts, excess speed, and drink/drug driving. The message is enforced with the presentation of ‘Fatal Four’ – a hard hitting film that brings home the reality and the consequences of each offence.
Last weekend, Warwickshire Police Road Policing Unit targeted drivers who were not wearing seat belts under the No Seat Belt Campaign, and instead of giving them a £100 fine, offered them the option to attend a Fatal Four presentation being given by Police Officers and Fire Fighters at Nuneaton Fire Station as an alternative.
All of the drivers chose to attend the presentation and all of them arrived at Nuneaton Fire Station on Tuesday 17 March as requested.
This was the first time that Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service have worked together to do a public showing of the film and the result was a total success. 100% of the drivers who attended found the film beneficial, and appreciated the opportunity to learn the consequences of not wearing a seat belt rather than just be fined.
One driver quoted: “The evening makes you realise your actions may cost yourself and others heartache for years to come”, whist another described the film as “informative, graphic, shocking! It really hits home.”
PC Beki Taylor said: “When I first saw Fatal Four it had an emotional impact on me, and even after 28 years of driving I have learnt something from it. I knew we had a great opportunity to work in partnership with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to get this message presented to as many members of the public as possible. The feedback we have received tonight confirms that every driver, no matter how young or old, will benefit from seeing this presentation.”
Community Fire Safety Manager for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Moreno Francioso said: “Working in partnership with Warwickshire Police helps us to enforce some lifesaving messages to drivers who still think that it’s ok not to wear a seatbelt or use their mobile phones whilst driving. The ‘Fatal Four’ video clearly shows it’s not, but in a very powerful way, so I am pleased that it has been so well received. I hope all those who have attended the course, now ensure that they belt up when getting into any vehicle and avoid the temptation of the Fatal Four.”
Following on from Tuesday nights success, the Police and Fire Service are offering members of the public the opportunity to see Fatal Four next Thursday evening, 26 March at Nuneaton Fire Station.
There will be two showings, 6.30pm-7.40pm and 7.45pm-9pm. Places will need to be reserved with only 12 places available for each showing. If you would like to book a place please contact PC Beki Taylor at Nuneaton Police Station on 02476 483015. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis and are totally free of charge.
PC Taylor adds: “I think Fatal Four will make a difference to the way people drive and I welcome the opportunity to work with the Fire Service to promote this. If local businesses would like to use their meeting rooms and have us come to present this to their staff then I would be happy to hear from them.”