PSNI Road Safety Talk

On Wednesday 25th November Grosvenor’s Sixth Form welcomed Constable John Wilson, the PSNI’s Community Safety Officer, to the school where he delivered an informative, powerful and compelling talk regarding the importance of safety on the roads.

As well as quoting statistics regarding the number of road traffic casualties in the province during 2015 so far - which served as a chilling reminder of how easily lives can be lost on the roads, Constable Wilson also conscripted two volunteers to sport ‘Beer Goggles’, specifically designed to replicate the damage which drinking can do to a driver’s awareness when behind the wheel.

In addition, those in attendance were shown videos of real life road collisions, whilst also viewing a short, emotive video which followed the plight of a young girl who suffered severe burns after becoming trapped in her vehicle following a road collision in which she was completely blameless. This particular video proved particularly powerful as it highlighted the case not of somebody who had died following a road accident, but of a road collision perpetrator who survived his particular ordeal and was left to cope with the guilt of causing such permanent damage to a beautiful, vibrant young girl.

Many thanks to Mrs Wilson for taking the time to visit the school last week – his talk proved extremely effective in communicating the danger of irresponsible behavior on the roads and will hopefully have given Grosvenor’s Sixth Formers, many of whom are learning to drive or have recently passed their driving test, plenty of food for thought regarding how to behave when behind the wheel.

The School looks forward to welcoming Mr Wilson back to deliver more of his powerful, moving presentations soon.

 

 

Constable John Wilson with a number of the shool's Sixth Form pupils following his road safety presentation on Wednesday 25th November.