4 March 2016
London Ambulance Service shared real life
experiences from car crashes with Croydon teenagers to show the
dangers of driving carelessly at events this week.
Paramedics spoke frankly with young people about incidents where
people suffered serious injuries or even died as a result of
speeding and drink-driving at the Safe Drive Stay Alive event
organised by Croydon Borough Council.
Assistant Director of Operations Lucas Hawkes-Frost, who
attended the workshops at Fairfield Halls, said: "Throughout my
career, I have attended road traffic collisions in which young
people have sustained life-changing injuries or sadly died.
"It’s a sad fact that some of these incidents were caused by
young people not respecting the roads and we hope events like this
one will hammer home the very real consequences of even a moment’s
"We were touched by the stories of those who have been through
such loss and are now using their tragic experiences to try and
prevent the same thing from happening to others."
Year 12 and 13 students from Croydon College, John Ruskin
College, Archbishop Tenison Sixth Form and Crystal Palace Football
Academy learned from heart-breaking stories why it’s important to
be responsible on the roads.
Other speakers included a survivor, now a wheelchair user and
bereaved parent, after a serious car crash, fire-fighters and
The Worshipful Mayor of Croydon Patricia Hay-Justice and Cllr
Robert Canning joined SDSA events on Wednesday 2 March.
This year, 18 London boroughs have taken part in Safe Drive Stay
Alive events and last year 16,095 teenagers participated in these