VIDEO: Thousands improve safety skills at Silverstone open day

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More than 3,000 people boosted their road safety skills during a special event held at Silverstone on Sunday.

In the baking sunshine, crowds flocked to the event which was organised by the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance - a group made up of Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue and Northamptonshire Highways.

Police open day at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire.

Police open day at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire.

Highlights of the event saw people given the chance to ride around the circuit in the back of a police car, the fire service stage re-enactments of car crash rescues and youngsters given the chance to try their hand at driving cars and riding mopeds on part of the circuit.

The county’s police and crime commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “It was an amazing day. It was a great opportunity for people to take part in a range of fun activities and see the emergency services working together. I’m looking forward to it being even bigger and better next year.”

The force’s Chief Constable, Adrian Lee, added: “I was delighted to see so many people both enjoying themselves and also learning about the importance of safety on the roads.

“Road safety is the responsibility of many different partners, who came together to provide this opportunity for the people of the county. We recognise the support we received from Silverstone and we look forward to having a similar event next year, but doing it on a bigger scale and with the weather at least as good as yesterday!”

One of the main aims of the event was to raise people’s awareness of road safety issues to help with the push to make Northamptonshire’s roads the safest in the country.

Inspector Jen Helm led the organisation of the event. She said: “It went fantastically well. It made people a lot more interested in road safety issues and aware of the things they can do to improve their skills when they’re driving and riding.

“And it was a really fun day for the children. Everybody has been really pleased by how it’s gone.”

In total, about 3,500 people attended the event, which was held on Silverstone’s Stowe circuit.

As well as the driving displays, many members of the public attended talks on road safety issues and received safety advice from a variety of experts.

Brackley resident Stewart Chidlow went to the event with his family.

He said: “It was great for the children. We all really enjoyed it. Watching the police do the demonstrations of the 999 runs was great.”

Glyn Hannah from West Hunsbury added: “We really enjoyed it. We did all the events and it was a really good day out, especially for the children.

“They loved seeing the police cars going round the track.”

Greens Norton resident, Clare Edwards, added that she had been impressed by the road safety focus of the event.

She said: “We had a really nice day. It was nice chatting to the police officers and the people from the fire service about their experiences and the displays were really good.

“It’s a really sobering thought when you see what can happen as the result of an accident.”