Station personnel at RAF Wittering learned the harsh realities of sending text messages whilst driving at a recent demonstration.
RAF Wittering, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Services joined forces on September 24 to deliver the demonstration.
A specially modified Ford Focus was taken to the station by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Crew Commander Ady Bradshaw and Peterborough Council Safety Officer Jenny Wright, who set up the car inside the No. 1 Hangar.
RAF personnel sat inside the car and watched a six minute film involving a harrowing reconstruction of an accident involving four people who were killed as a direct result of the driver using a mobile phone whilst driving.
The car featured small video screens and, although stationary, could jolt to simulate a collision.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Crew Commander Ady Bradshaw said: “The film is worthwhile and really makes you think.
“It brings a lump to your throat.”
The experience left a deep impression on Senior Aircraftman Andy Ling (22), he said: “It was quite bad, really shocking, but it’s definitely worth seeing.
“My other half is pregnant and it’s completely changed my point of view.”
The demonstration was a joint venture between the RAF Wittering Road Safety Committee and Cambridgeshire Road Safety.
Corporal Amanda Rebanks, a driver on No.2 Mechanical Transport Squadron, volunteered to oversee the event.
She said: “It’s a hard hitting lesson, but the film also deals with the after effects of a crash and shows the impacts on everyone else’s lives.”
Acting Station Commander, Wing Commander James Lapsley, saw the demonstration for himself.
He said: “Jenny and Ady have done a very thorough job in teaching us today.
“Civilian or military I doubt if anyone who’s been shown this film has walked away unmoved.”
He continued: “I’ve two children of my own, and this film really brings home the message that it’s not safe to use a mobile whilst driving.”