Royal Air Force Coningsby personnel from the Mechanical Transport Training and Standards (MTT&S) section promoted road safety initiatives during Defence Road Safety week: 21 – 25 November 2011.

This event runs in parallel with National Road Safety week and the theme this year was ‘2 Young 2 Die.’ The AA alongside F & S Windscreens were invited onto the Station to offer free winter vehicle checks and make minor repairs to windscreens of personnel.

MTT&S staff arranged and delivered the following activities on Station: issue of hi-visibility jackets to cyclists; advice about safe driving in winter conditions, showing of DVD entitled ‘2Young2Die’ for all Service and Civilian personnel.

The Mums and Toddlers group invited MTT&S staff to their meeting in the Clinton Park Community Centre, where they tried out Brake Reaction Testing Equipment and beer goggles – which distort vision, simulating the effects of alcohol.

PC Pete Smith, the Defence Community Police Officer visited RAF Coningsby Nursery to chat to children about road safety, he took props to help the children visualise situations and take part in practical tasks as part of the ‘Street Feet’ lesson aimed at 3-5 year olds.

Organiser of the road safety week at RAF Coningsby, Sergeant Carl Hickman said:  “This year, in order to relay our road safety message to as many people as possible in the RAF Community, we decided to take a ‘road show’ to many locations on and off Station.”

On a more serious note, Sgt Hickman said:  “As a stark reminder of what could happen if people do not heed road safety advice, we placed a mock-up of a crashed car with a mangled cycle underneath it, near the Station exit.”