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Distracted Driving Event To Take Place In Chesterfield Market Place

23/Jan/2017

Following the recent success of ‘Cadence’, a short-film highlighting the dangers and risks of becoming distracted whilst driving, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) will be hosting a Driver Distraction Awareness Event. The event takes place in Chesterfield Market Place, from 09:00 - 16:00 hours on Thursday 26 January 2017.

With representatives of Derbyshire police and St Johns Ambulance also in attendance, the event will provide information on the dangers associated with driver distraction and provide a virtual experience, through the facility of Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service’s VF4 Car, a state-of-the-art car crash simulator which allows users to experience a virtual crash.

After experiencing the VF4, visitors to the event will have a better understanding of the very real risks associated with drivers becoming distracted; virtual goggles will also give drivers the most realistic experience of a road traffic collision.

Firefighters from Chesterfield and Staveley will be attending the event providing support and advice to local people. Firefighters from around the county will also be getting involved:

  • Firefighters from Long Eaton will be distributing road safety information leaflets in their local area.
  • Firefighters from Alfreton will be at Tesco Alfreton from 14:00 - 17:00, also offering advice and information.

Prevention and Inclusion Group Manager Mat Lee said, “Research shows, you are four times more likely to crash if you are using a mobile phone while driving, however the number of drivers who own up to using a handheld mobile phone has increased from 8% in 2014 to 31% in 2017. This event is therefore crucial in raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and helping to reduce the number of road traffic collisions on our roads.”

Inspector Justin Brown who works in Roads Policing for Derbyshire police said: “Events like this are really useful in highlighting the dangers of being distracted whilst driving. By using a mobile phone whilst driving you are putting yourself at a higher risk of having a collision.

“I would urge drivers to pull over safely at the side of the road before using a mobile phone. No call is ever that important that you have to risk your life to take it.”

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