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Road Safety Message Crashes In
Wednesday 14th October, 2009

Road Safety Message Crashes In
Smashed vehicles on display at Truckfest.

Big trucks, big crowds and a really big message.

Council road safety officers are pleased with the response to their display at the annual Truckfest event at Haydock Park Race Course.

Amid the massed ranks of shiny vehicles and exhibition stands, and some 20,000 visitors, there was a timely reminder for safe driving on show – two smashed cars arranged as if they’d been involved in a real incident.

Road safety officer Andy Allen says: “There was a prize competition to get people thinking about the likely causes of the smash. Clues, such as a beer can, mobile phone, CDs, lipstick and a map, were left and people offered up possible explanations as to how the two cars may have collided.”

Wigan Council’s Local Transport and Road Safety Group teamed up with St Helens Council road safety team, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the Red Cross at Truckfest 2010. It’s a major part of the borough road safety forum’s annual programme and a very high profile event.

The council’s cabinet champion for the environment, Cllr David Molyneux, who sits on the forum, says: “Truckfest is an important showcase for all aspects of driving. It’s crucial that we are there to remind people that it’s safety first and that good motoring is safe motoring.”

The council teams worked together to give out information, advice on driving safely and visitors to the stand were invited to try the hazard perception programme on the multi-screen driving simulator.

To win a prize people were asked to put the clues into order as to what they thought was the most important road safety message. The top answer was "Don't drink and drive". The competition had over 500 entrants and the winners were Kimberly Hackney of Accrington, who won a Wii and Laura Greig of Renfrewshire and Steph Owen of Ashton under Lyne, who both won a car safety kit.

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