Launch of the Crash Car Simulator

Crash Car Simulator

Published: 2nd November 2016

A unique Crash Car Simulator was officially unveiled at an event this morning at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.

The simulator is a joint “safer driving” initiative between Fermanagh and Omagh and Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnerships and allows young drivers to experience the devastating consequences of driving irresponsibly including the potential for injury and death through the simulation of a car crash.

The simulator is a modified standard car and has been fitted with a high quality sound system, hydraulics, DVD player as well as a smoke and light system. It was developed with the aid of funding of £39,800 from the Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS), administered by the Department of Justice.

The new vehicle will be available for use by schools, youth clubs and other organisations across the Fermanagh and Omagh and Mid Ulster PCSP areas to reinforce the road safety message.

Speaking at the launch of the vehicle, the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity said “The Crash Car Simulator is a welcome addition to the tools used to educate young drivers about the consequences of road traffic accidents. I am confident that by providing such a realistic portrayal of a road traffic accident, the message will be delivered much more effectively to our young people.”

Speaking at the launch Justice Minister Claire Sugden said “The Crash Car Simulator will be enormously valuable in helping to educate young drivers about the dangers that they face on the roads and consequences of irresponsible and anti-social driving.”

“I congratulate all the stakeholders who, working together, have delivered this innovative, engaging and potentially lifesaving project.”

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard MLA welcomed the initiative saying “The Crash Car Simulator will highlight to young drivers the devastating impacts and consequences of careless and irresponsible driving. Young drivers are vastly over represented when it comes to deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

This project presents a great complement to our efforts to encourage young drivers to always pay attention, slow down, never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs and to always wear a seatbelt, so that they may enjoy a lifetime of safe motoring.”

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership Councillor Keith Elliott said “I have been in the Car Crash Simulator and found it to be a particularly sobering and vivid experience bringing home the road safety message – something that we cannot afford to ignore. I would also like to acknowledge the input from Constable Trevor Kirke PSNI. His contribution has been invaluable and we look forward to working with Constable Kirke and his colleagues to deliver this initiative.”

The Chairperson of Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Frances Burton commenting at the event said “Too many young people have been killed on our roads and two of the most common factors in road accidents are inattention/attention diverted and excessive speed. This new Crash Car Simulator will highlight to our young drivers and “drivers to be” how a small distraction can have huge consequences. Road Safety education is essential in our rural community and we as a PCSP see this as a priority. I look forward to seeing this project delivered to young people throughout Fermanagh & Omagh and Mid Ulster Council areas as we work together to make our roads safer.”

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd PSNI said, “We are pleased to have been involved in the acquisition of this important piece of equipment. The simulator will give a valuable insight into the dangers associated with driving and be one more resource at our disposal to emphasise road safety with a view to reducing the numbers of those killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

For further information or to book a demonstration, please contact Trevor Kirke on 07827 157316 or Trevor.Kirke@psni.pnn.police.uk

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