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Students learn about dangers of drink and drugs

22 December 2014
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Students from Ely Sixth Form College have been given an insight into the dangers of drink and drugs at a recent safety event.

Over 100 young people attended the event, which was organised by East Cambridgeshire Community Partnership, where they were given alcohol and drug awareness advice, as well as road safety information.

Funded by Sanctuary HousingCambridgeshire Constabulary and East Cambridgeshire District Council, students were able to witness first-hand the effects of using drugs by seeing the damage of a crashed car, replicating the journey of a drug-driver.

This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

Graham Nolan, head of neighbourhood partnerships, said: “After local discussion around the risks and pressures faced by young people we were keen to support the partnership in holding a specific event in conjunction with the college.

“Hopefully, by raising awareness we will reduce choices of young people and their communities being negatively impacted by drugs, drink and crime.”

Sue Loaker, crime reduction officer from East Cambridgeshire Police, added: “It is always our aim, and especially at this time of year to deliver a firm message about the effects and consequences of drug and drink driving, as well as highlighting personal safety around the party season.

“The students were very receptive to talks given by Police, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Inclusion and the Fire Service. We will continue dedicated work with young people in an effort to reduce accidents and deaths on our roads.”

Watch commander, Mark Coupar from Ely Fire Station, said: “We want to reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions and we hope events like these are helping to do that.

“Getting young people involved in interactive sessions about driver safety and distractions on the road will hopefully power home the message of how to stay safe on Cambridgeshire’s roads.”

What is the East Cambridgeshire Community Partnership?

The East Cambridgeshire Community Partnership aims to deliver an improved quality of life for the citizens of East Cambridgeshire. Sanctuary Housing is one of the local organisations involved in the partnership board.