Road crash effects hard hitting

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More than 200 Year 12 Ashburton College students saw up close the effects and consequences of a fatal mock car crash at the annual Road Crash Day on Friday.
The event is deliberately held ahead of the college ball to illustrate the dangers of drink driving and targets students who are beginning to learn to drive and organised by the student welfare committee and Ashburton District Council.
The day started with a mock crash on Middle Road which showed the emergency services in full action. It used Year 13 drama students to play out the scene that claims the life of one young person.
Ashburton District Council road safety co-ordinator Jeremy Lambert said the community initiative aimed to raise awareness among newly-licensed drivers, who were most at risk of being involved in accidents.
Alcohol and speed were the major contributing factors for young drivers involved in fatal crashes, he said.
Students later went to Ashburton Trust Event Centre where they heard from Lisa Collins, whose son was hit by a car when he got off a school bus and then died from resulting injuries 25 days later.
Three workshops were run by the New Zealand Fire Service, Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS) and St Johns Ambulance.
In the afternoon students heard from Brent and Christine Laurenson, who shared the story about their son who was killed in a car crash on his 18th birthday.
Pictured: Students watch on as emergency services work at the scene of the mock crash.