FIREFIGHTERS used to dealing with the sharp end of horrific road crashes brought a shocking reminder of the consequences of drink-driving to youngsters in Truro.
A fire crew from Truro installed a car on land at Truro College that was destroyed in a horror smash.
The move was designed to shock students at the college into taking road safety seriously – a particularly relevant message in the run-up to Christmas.
Mark Henwood, from Truro Fire Station, said: "Young drivers remain a major danger on the road, to themselves, their passengers and other road users, with study after study showing that young people are far more likely to be involved in a crash than older drivers.
"Young drivers are grossly overrepresented in the official accident figures and each statistic represents a tragic waste of life that could be prevented.
"Inexperience, youthful bravado and sheer recklessness can all play a part in these accidents."
The installation had the desired effect on passing students.
Zoe Gilbert said: "It's really horrific – this should be shown to more people.
"You hear about car accidents but you don't actually see the consequences. It made me feel that it could happen to me."
The fire service advised youngsters who got behind the wheel to slow down, to not drink or take drugs and drive, to act responsibly and to have the roadworthiness of their vehicles checked regularly.
Jane Cashmore, from Truro College, said: "We appreciate young people enjoy the freedom to drive and we support any initiative to encourage them to do this safely."