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17 January 2012

Hazard spotting student wins TomTom

As part of the “Too young to die” National Road Safety Week campaign 2011, the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service held a competition engaging students across the College, with one winning a TomTom.

National Road Safety Week is an established week that was set up by Brake in 1997 and is organised by the charity annually ever since. It aims to give everyone an opportunity to promote road safety in their community, school or company.

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service took their high-tech Ford Focus ST road safety vehicle on tour across South Wales with a pit-stop at Cardiff and Vale College. The Ford Focus ST is kitted out with a wide screen television, Xbox Kinect and sound system for young people to play a computerised hazard perception game. The competition replicates the hazard perception test that learner drivers have to pass alongside their practical test to get their licence. The students have to identify hazards in a series of video clips showing driving situations involving other road users shot from a car driver's point of view – from driving in the dark, to staying safe on country lanes.

Over 150 students at the Trowbridge site had a go at identifying hazards - anything that will cause the driver to change speed, direction or stop. 16 year old Pre-Apprenticeship Mechanics student, Shuman Kuddus, from Rumney was able to spot all hazards and gain full marks in the test. He was delighted to receive a TomTom satellite navigation system for his hazard spotting skills. Shuman said, “I’m very grateful for winning the sat nav. I’m buying a car soon and will be sitting my driving test in March so it will be very helpful.”

Katie Allen, Road Safety Advisor for South Wales Fire & Rescue Service said: “It was great to see so many students at the College having a go at our hazard perception competition. Our road safety vehicle, the Ford Focus ST, allows us to interact with young people who fall into our ‘at risk’ age group of 17-25 year olds. The aim of our presentation and road safety vehicle is to educate young drivers on the consequences of irresponsible driving and it was extremely rewarding to see so many young people taking part and contributing enthusiastically. Congratulations to all who took part.”

DSC01059.JPGShuman Kuddus receiving his prize
from Katie Allen, Road Safety Advisor
for South Wales Fire & Rescue Service