Heartbreaking Talk For Road Safety Week
Friday, 27 November 2015
Over 240 students were transfixed when special guest speaker Jason Rock shared his story about drink driving and the consequences, all in aid of raising awareness of road safety.
Students were informed of the dangers of drink driving from a first-hand point of view. It touched many of the students, some even shedding a tear over the story, making them think about whom they are getting in the car with and how they should act when they are driving.
Jason related with the students, knowing what it was like to be young and pressured by peers. He had the same mind set as most people at that age, thinking “it will never happen to me”, but it did and he was just 19 years old, the same age as many of students at the College, when he had his accident.
The accident took place nine years ago when he was at a party and a split second decision changed his life completely. Jason left the party with two of his friends to buy more alcohol, the next thing he knew was that he was in hospital.
He later discovered one of his friends had been killed and the other had lost his leg in the accident. Jason received a five year jail sentence and served two and a half years. Jason has now turned his life around and has spoken to over 40,000 teenagers about his decision, encouraging students not to make the same mistake he did.
Jason said “if I can stop one person making the same decision I did, and save someone’s life, then it makes going through the pain of telling my story worthwhile.”
Road Safety Week (23- 29 November) is in place to reduce the amount of accidents within vehicles and to promote safer road use. It is all about making people think about their car and how and when they use it. This year’s theme of road safety is “drive less, live more”. [kw1]
One piece of advice Jason gave is definitely one to remember on a night out “get a cab, get a train, get a bus, get a plane”. This catchy quote stuck in many on the student’s minds.
In a group discussion at the end of the talk student Danielle Waller, 18, who also studies BTEC Level 3 in Business, said to Jason “it’s so great how you have turned your experience into a great opportunity to help save other people’s lives and you have really influenced a lot of us today.”
As part of road safety week Jason’s story has been made into a video to try and make an even bigger impact on the dangers of drink driving. His video can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/146631775.
Seevic offers a comprehensive Tutorial programme to all students which aims to develop their personal, social, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. The programme includes a diverse range of external visitors and speakers throughout the academic year.