SHOCKED motorists watched in horror as firefighters and
fire service volunteers acted out real life Road Traffic Collisions
(RTC) in demonstrations across Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) launched the
'Fatal Distraction' campaign on Wednesday, May 11 in support of the
United Nations (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety aimed at
reducing injuries on our roads.
During 2010 / 2011 GMFRS attended 793 Road Traffic Collisions
across Greater Manchester. International statistics reveal that
worldwide 1.3 million people are killed as a result of road
accidents each year, with road traffic collisions being the number
one killer of young people.
The aim of the campaign is to drive down this figure through
educating drivers and their passengers on the harsh realities of
bad driving habits, such as not wearing a seat belt and
speeding. The audiences at the demonstrations fell silent as
they experienced first-hand how dangerous the consequences of a
crash can be.
Director of Prevention and Protection Peter O'Reilly said: "By
raising drivers' awareness we hope people really think about the
consequences of their actions.
"Our aim is to continue to put across a firm message to help
drive down the number of people injured on our roads and do
everything we can to support the UN Decade of Action for Road
Safety over the next 10 years."