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Academy lads get road safety lesson from local firefighters

Posted on 16 December 2015  - 10:01

Players from our Academy swapped shin pads and studs for helmets and hoses when they visited Watford fire station last week.

The lads pose for a photo during an enjoyable and educational dayMilos Veljkovic and Shaq Coulthirst in the thick of the actionThe lads watch a demonstration of a rescue operationJaphet Tanganga poses for a photo on an emergency services motorbike

During their visit, the youngsters spent a day taking in potentially lifesaving road safety messages. They heard from experts about how to drive in a variety of conditions, took hazard perception tests and even got a demonstration of what it’s like to be cut from a crashed car.

As young men, academy footballers fall into the highest risk group for being seriously hurt or killed in road traffic collisions.

Hertfordshire County Council Member for Highways, Terry Douris, said: “I’m delighted that the young players from Tottenham Hotspur visited Hertfordshire. You can sometimes forget that these young footballers are just the same as most people their age. Events like this really help us spread our safety messages.

“New drivers might not have the experience to avoid being hurt when it comes to making those vital split-second decisions. We don’t want to put young people off driving, we just want people to take a minute to think about the consequences of driving and making sure they and others are safe on the roads.”

Pictured above: Samuel Shashoua poses for a photo on an emergency services motorbike.

Midfielder Luke Amos, 18, said: “It was a different experience for us and it was important because you can never have enough road safety awareness. Especially as young drivers, we inevitably have less experience than older drivers so it was a great opportunity for us to have a better understanding of the roads and how we can look after both ourselves and other drivers. I also believe it’s good to learn these sorts of lessons in the company of my team-mates.”

It’s vital that all road users avoid the four key factors which lead to crashes:

• Speeding
• Drink-driving 
• Not wearing seat belts
• Driving distracted (eg texting)

Sadly, a quarter of all of those killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads are aged between 17-24. It is young men in particular who make up a disproportionate number of those hurt. 51 of the 67 of those killed or seriously injured in Hertfordshire in 2014 were male.