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Firefighters show students dangers of drink-driving

December 12, 2014

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service visited West Cheshire College to demonstrate and raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving to students.


Students had the opportunity to drive a go-cart whilst wearing special goggles that impaired their vision – creating a safe simulation of how drinking alcohol can impact their ability to drive safely.

Firefighters also discussed with students the effects of drink-driving and the dangers it can cause themselves, their passengers, other people on the road and pedestrians.

Caroline Fidmont, Vice Principal Quality Improvement and Student Services at West Cheshire College, said: “The demonstration was very interesting and it definitely raised awareness amongst our students.

“Many of our students are young drivers so it is extremely important that they educate themselves about the dangers of drink-driving.”

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's road safety officer, Peter Shields, said: "I'm hoping that the students follow our advice on drink driving.

"We want to get the message across that one death on our roads is one too many. All too often we attend road traffic collisions which have life changing impacts on individuals and their families.

"We want people to seriously re-think their drinking behaviours, particularly over the festive period, and keep themselves, their families and others safe. The real message is if you are driving 'Don't Drink!'"

For more information about West Cheshire College, call the college hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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