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Pioneering first for College

PUBLISHED: 18:05 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

AS the Save A Life campaign is launched in Waveney, a pioneering first was held at Lowestoft College this week.

The Suffolk County Council Road Safety van rolled into the college on Tuesday and during a lunchtime session around 100 students and tutors had visited the educational stand.

AS the Save A Life campaign is launched in Waveney, a pioneering first was held at Lowestoft College this week.

The Suffolk County Council Road Safety van rolled into the college on Tuesday and during a lunchtime session around 100 students and tutors had visited the educational stand.

Complete with vital road safety leaflets, a competition to win 10 pairs of motorcycle gloves, interactive screens and a reactionary hazard perception simulator, organisers were delighted with the turnout at the motorcycle display.

Road safety officer for Suffolk County Council (motorcycles), John Showell, said this was the first of a four-visit scheme that was being held at colleges across the county, with other visits to West Suffolk College, Otley and Ipswich colleges in forthcoming weeks.

And given this was the first time the van had been to Lowestoft College, organisers were pleased with responses from the students.

“Around 35 have all had a go on the simulator, we've had lots of interest in the display and there has been around 30 entries to win a pair of motorcycle gloves,” Mr Showell said.

“The amount of riders who don't even own a pair of gloves is staggering. So that's why we're trying to give pairs of gloves away in a competition. If you think about it, you wouldn't want to scrape your knuckles along the road surface - so why do it at around 30mph on a motorcycle?”

The Road Safety Van will be in Lowestoft town centre today. The van will be in London Road North, next Friday over the lunchtime period.

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