VIDEO: Windsor Police and Fire Promote Driver Safety

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The public got a closer look at what it takes to free a person from a vehicle following a crash.

Windsor Fire and Rescue Services conducted a mock vehicle extrication outside Lowe's Home Improvements in east Windsor over the weekend.

Acting District Fire Chief Chris Revenberg tells CTV Windsor the mock rescue is a reminder of the potential consequences of impaired, distracted driving, and speeding.

"We're here to show the public what the results are and how we can assist them in a rescue," he says. "Driving is a privilege it's a huge privilege and I think we take for granted how dangerous it is once we get behind the wheel of these heavy vehicles."

With two fatal crashes in the region last week Revenberg hopes those in attendance see how serious a crash can be.

"We have a lot of new drivers on the road so just concentrate on your driving," says Revenburg. "When we're behind the wheel we should be fully attentive and the gravity of it is just underlined when we have a loss of life."

Brain Injury Association of Windsor-Essex Executive Director Anna Jurak attended the event.

She tells CTV Windsor the event is an important part of raising awareness for the association and Lowe's Heroes campaign.

"When you see this, you don't want to be in this ... hopefully that makes you a little bit more careful. About 40 per cent of motor vehicle accidents result in a brain injury," she says.

Revenburg says staging the simulation over the Labour Day Weekend was no accident; it's designed to promote road safety with students heading back to school.

— with files from CTV Windsor's Alana Hadadean