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BOY RACERS TAUGHT LESSON IN CRASH RECONSTRUCTION

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Formula 1 supremo Eddie Jordan has praised road safety officers at Peterborough City Council for arranging a realis...
Formula 1 supremo Eddie Jordan has praised road safety officers at Peterborough City Council for arranging a realistic crash reconstruction, which shocked a group of 'bad boy racers' in the opening episode of a Channel Five television series on Monday night.

Road safety officers Bev Jones and Clair George arranged the reconstruction for 'Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers' in association with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Anglia Ambulance Service and Peterborough Regional College.

Eddie said: 'To see the terror on the boys' faces when they were placed in the crashed cars, waiting to be cut free, made me realise that most joy-riders are never confronted with the potential consequences of their actions.

'This scheme teaches them an important lesson. I applaud the professionalism of the rescue services involved and hope that more such schemes can be run throughout the UK.'

Clair George said: 'Sadly, our work means we are all too familiar with the devastating consequences of dangerous and careless driving. This reconstruction was similar to our annual 'For My Girlfriend' campaign, which illustrates how 'boy racers' could kill their girlfriends in a road crash.

'We hope the crash reconstruction in this programme will convince all 'bad boy racers' - those in the series and those among the viewers - that their driving behaviour can cause immense grief to relatives of crash victims. That includes their close friends, best mates and girlfriends.'

The 'bad boy racers', eight young men with a history of car-related offences, were given no advance warning of what to expect until they arrived in Peterborough and were whisked off to have make-up simulating realistic injuries applied by Peterborough Regional College students.

They were then put into the front seats of two crashed cars with their close friends in the rear seats. The front seat occupants had only minor injuries and were quickly released but then had to watch as the fire service and paramedics worked to rescue their friends while treating them for serious - and, in one case, fatal - injuries.

Clair George added: 'This scenario was designed using research conducted in 2000 that revealed how young male drivers especially dread killing or maiming a girlfriend, best mate or other close companion.

'This outcome is considered worse than killing or injuring a pedestrian, even a child, or an unknown third party. They also find it almost impossible to imagine killing or injuring themselves in a road crash. So the crash reconstruction plays on this emotional vulnerability in a bid to make young drivers think about the awful consequences of bad driving.'

Zig Zag Productions created the 'Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers' series, in which Eddie expects the lads to learn about motor mechanics and remain out of trouble. He also sets them a new challenge each week to test their newly learned skills and see how they work together.

The series will climax with the boys working on and racing in a car under Eddie's name in one of Britain's biggest banger races.

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