Hundreds of secondary school students from across Limerick City and County witnessed the full horror of a road crash at a demonstration last Wednesday – to show teens the human tragedy behind the statistics.

The mock exercise, which took part at the South Court Hotel, forms part of a road safety initiative for second level students aimed at reducing the number and severity of road traffic collisions and to improve road safety awareness.

Actors, each portraying seriously injured traffic collision victims, were treated by emergency services during the demonstration.

Participants in the Lifesaver Project were also presented with hard hitting road safety advertisements from around the world, personal accounts from people who have survived serious injury collisions, and footage of the families of those who have died.

The multi-agency project is led by An Garda Síochána in association with the Limerick Ambulance Service, Limerick City and County Fire Service, and supported by Limerick City and County Councils.