European Road Safety Charter
Good Practice

Good practice submission

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Good practice submission

Organisation details

Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
Following on from a high profile fatal crash in the region in which three young people were killed it was felt that more education needed to be carried out to illustrate to young people the dangers of driving fast on the roads network. At the same time the methods used to prove the speed and behaviour of the vehicles prior to the crash were found to be highly pertinent to pupils who were studying maths and physics at school.
What are your objectives? 
The initiative is designed to be thought provoking for the participating students and is largely aimed at those leaving school who may soon be learning to drive.
The input is designed to illustrate to pupils how mathematics and physics can be used in a practical scenario to determine how a crash happened in the first place.

Project activities

List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Wednesday, 1 May, 2013
Name of action 

Inspector Hewitson attended a Road Safety Conference where he was given an input on road safety education by Gregor Steele of SSERC. As a result of this Inspector Hewitson approached SSERC and offerred to give an input to secondary teachers on how they could use equations of motion to illustrate to pupils the practical uses behind learning equations. At the same time a message regarding road safety and the inappropriate use of speed would be re-inforced. Jennie Hargreaves from Lockerbie Academy was interested in the input and made contact with Inspector Hewitson to formulate a teaching plan. A two tier teaching plan was implemented. Firstly Collision Investigators would attend at various secondary schools throughout the Region and give inputs to S5 and S6 pupils on a high profile crash where three young people from the Region were killed as a result of inappropriate speed. They explain to the pupils how the collision happened and the methods used to calculate speeds using maths and physics.Secondly as a result of grant funding from the Royal Society Inspector Hewitson and Mrs Hargreaves were able to purchase various pieces of investigative equipment including scaled vehicles, measuring tapes, laptops etc to instigate a scalled version of an actual collision involving a pedestrian and vehicle.Using the equipment they purchased together with scale plans, witness statements and some mathematical data pupils were asked to work out from the physical evidence left at the ‘scene’ what speed the vehicle was travelling at prior to the collision and the behaviour of the pedestrian prior to the collision. Booklets were supplied to each pupil for them to work out what had happened.A further more complicated scale plan has also been produced which involves a momentum exchange involving two vehicles when pupils are asked to calculate the speed of the vehicles prior to the collision.The Royal Society recognised the worth of this project and invited Police Scotland and Lockerbie Academy to attend at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London where they presented the project to apporximately 15000 attendees including students and teachers, who were given copies of the booklets and advice as to where they could find information about the project on the internet.  


What has been the effect of the activities? 
An evaluation has been carried out of the initiative using school pupils in Dumfries and Galloway. This was done using survey monkey and was evaluated highly in terms of ease of use and understanding together with the impact it may have on the young people as drivers in the future.
How have you shared information about your project and its results? 
An article has been printed in the Young Scientist magazine for 2015 describing the project. This magazine is distributed worldwide and fully explains the concepts involved in the initiative.The inititative is promoted through schools in Dumfries and Galloway and also in schools throughout Scotland via SSERC.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 

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