Safe Drive Stay Alive Tour

Uniformed Services, Law & Criminology

On Wednesday 23 November, our Uniformed Services students attended the eye-opening ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ tour at Kings Community Church, Hedge End. The article below is written by Public Services student, Daisy-May Jacobs.

This event included emergency service members, such as local policemen, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, doctors and victims of road accidents to stand in front of an audience of hundreds of people from different colleges around Hampshire. They talked about their real-life traumatic experiences when dealing with road traffic incidents.

They spoke to us about how their past affects them today and how they still replay the feelings and images which they felt or experienced. This includes when they had to inform parents about their children’s loss of life, the way a mother felt when arriving at the scene of her son’s death, or even how the road traffic cop had to arrive at a horrific scene with the parents in the car whilst their newborn christened child sadly was not.

The way in which they described their experiences were vivid and lifelike. It dragged you in to make you feel as if you were a part of the scene or as if you were a member of the family which these horrific incidents happened to. The way in which they retold their stories was so emotional and heart-wrenching that some people had to leave the hall.

But this presentation wasn’t all negative, in fact it had so many more positives than negatives to it. It ensures new drivers are aware of the consequences of their or their passengers actions; how to keep yourself, friends, family and other drivers safe when on the roads; or how you can come to peace with yourself even after something traumatic; and how to drive safely and think twice about what you are doing.

Our second year Uniformed Services students attended last year's ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ tour in Basingstoke, however this one was very different. Last year’s students were watching this from a passenger’s perspective as almost all of the students weren’t eligible to drive and saw this from a different view. This year it was much different as most people are driving on the roads and practicing their driving, therefore they viewed this presentation in a much more captivating way due to it bringing matters much closer to home.

Here is what some of our students thought about the ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ tour:

'It opens your eyes in a way: you see what could happen to you, even if you are a passenger in a car. Anything could happen, you never know.  You must always think and be aware of your surroundings to make sure that you and everyone else are safe. If you aren’t 100% sure about getting into someone's car, don't! Safe drive, stay alive.'- Mia Chevins

'It puts things in perspective about what truly matters in life and how even the smallest thing can change your life forever! You never think that it would happen to you, but at this age and learning to drive, or for some people driving, it really does change your view of how much can change in a split second!' - Jack Marlow