The car crash experience

Sub Officer Ken Holder and Sam Roberts, of Mothercare, will be giving advice to parents on the new child safety seat law at Market Drayton open day on Saturday, September 23.
15th September, 2006

A major public exhibition on car crashes aimed at educating motorists will be staged at Market Drayton Fire Station open day on September 23.

Parents will also be able to check out which car or booster seat they need for their children to comply with the new child car safety seat law.

Advice will also be on hand from road safety experts, ambulance and police with a series of activities and stands, including a drink driving display from the TTC Group and eyesight tests from the county council road safety department.

Organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, the "Road Traffic Crash Experience" is an event aimed at reducing the death and injury toll on Shropshire roads.

It will feature a demonstration from retained firefighters using hi-tec cutting equipment to show how car occupants are freed after a collision. St John ambulance are also taking part.

A dozen drivers have been cut free from the wreckage of their vehicles in and around the roads of Market Drayton, revealed a senior fire officer.

"We have had a spate of road crashes over the past year which have resulted in 12 incidents near the town where people were trapped in their cars and had to be freed by the fire and rescue service," said Assistant Divisional Officer Phil Brooks.

"Much of our time is spent at road crashes across the county and we want to get the message across to Shropshire motorists that they must take more care on our roads."

Driving at speed and not slowing down on wet roads coupled with poor car maintenance, tyre blowouts and a lack of concentration are the causes of many road crashes, he said.

The A53 Shrewsbury to Newcastle road at Market Drayton and the A41 near the market town had been the scene of "too many" incidents, added Mr Brooks.

Also at the event will be the Shropshire Institute of Advanced Motorists Display Unit; fire memorabilia, fire recruitment advice; a chip pan fire demonstration; and a number of fire appliances.