The culmination of months of community work, events and campaigning to help reduce antisocial driving in Bolton will be marked with a special event on Thursday, June 19.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Bolton Council and Bolton Council of Mosques (BCoM) teamed up for the pilot campaign – ‘The Race With No Winners’ – which has seen hundreds of members of the public attend demonstrations and events at venues across Bolton over the past four months.
The aim of the campaign – aimed at young people in Bolton aged 17 to 25 – was to raise awareness of the consequences of antisocial driving and racing in response to a number of serious collisions in the town.
On Thursday, around 100 students will take part in workshops with firefighters, community safety staff and police officers at Bolton College as part of a ‘reflection event’ being held to mark the end of the campaign.
Councillors and other dignitaries will be given a presentation about the success of the campaign before joining college students and staff in the fire station yard for a road traffic collision demonstration.
There will also be a chance for guests to use GMFRS' driving simulator to test their driving skills and risk awareness.
Since February events have taken place at five different mosques across Bolton where firefighters and police officers have given advice and information, carried out demonstrations and let people use the simulator.
As part of the campaign, a local freelance journalist was commissioned to work alongside the emergency services and other agencies to help break down barriers with hard-to-reach communities and produce a film to be used as part of Thursday’s event.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “There’s been a series of events throughout the borough throughout the last year and we’re pleased at the way that the local communities have responded.
“Our aim was to hopefully reduce dangerous and antisocial driving in Bolton and from the feedback we’ve had, the campaign has successfully gotten across the message that accidents can have very serious repercussions for everyone involved.”
Bolton Borough Manager Ian Bailey said: “This event is the culmination of months of hard work by firefighters, community safety staff and partner agencies across Bolton.
“The campaign has reached out to hundreds of young people and from the feedback we’ve had, we believe it’s had a positive impact on those members of the community."