‘Open Roads’ activities and demos event will draw crowds to Rockingham Circuit
THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend a free road safety day at Rockingham Circuit, organised by the county’s police and fire services.
The Open Roads event, on Saturday April 2 (10am-3pm) will involve more than 30 activities, stands and demonstrations, including examples of what takes place during police pursuits, a display of modified cars and supercars, an array of motorbikes on show and plenty of entertainment for children, such as a bouncy castle, face painting and the chance to climb onto a real fire engine.
Firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will also be running simulated rescue demonstrations involving each of the emergency services. These will involve volunteers being cut from ‘crashed’ cars.
There will be sessions promoting motorbike safety, and there will also be CarKraft taster sessions for young drivers, which will include driving experiences such as skid training in Renault cars.
Other attractions will include Lotus and Discovery driving simulators, a lorry driving demonstration in which blind spot dangers will be highlighted, a chance to see the police helicopter up close and the opportunity to get involved with a variety of interactive exhibits, as well as picking up handy safety tips and having child car seat and tyre checks.
The aim is to provide a fun day out for families, non-drivers and drivers, young and old. But the serious motivation for holding the day is to help cut the number of people killed or injured locally.
Road casualties in the county:
* During 2015, 32 people died in collisions on Northants roads.
* Between January 2012 and December 2014, there were 863 injury collisions involving young car drivers (aged 17-25).
* Between January 2012 and December 2014, there were 452 collisions involving injury, in which motorcyclists were involved. A total of 467 motorcyclists were injured during this period.
Gemma Rutland, community engagement officer for the joint Safer Roads Team (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service), said: “We hope that everyone who comes along to this free event at Rockingham Circuit has a great family day out.
“But there is an important reason why we are holding the event; to help send out vital safety messages and help prevent casualties on our roads.
“There will be plenty of activities at this event to appeal to drivers, bikers, cyclists and non-drivers, ranging from watching emergency services during a staged road collision rescue, to learning how to control a car in different weather conditions.
“There will be a huge amount for everyone to learn and enjoy.”
Pictured above – ACTION STATIONS: The event takes place near Corby (NN17 5AF) and will display supercars and motorbikes and will offer young driver sessions and skid training as well as family fun.