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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Road Safety Event at Burton

Burton Firefighters will be highlighting to students the dangers of careless driving at an event next Friday.

The multi agency event will be held at Burton College, Lichfield Street in Burton on 28th May from 12pm until 6pm Practical demonstrations will take place throughout the day such as simulated road collisions.

The college’s e bus will be there for youngsters to have a go at hazard perception tests, which will give them an insight to the sort of hazards to be aware of on the roads. Representatives from Staffordshire Air Ambulance and the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, will also be available to give advice. A local driving school will be present to give out compulsory basic training information and motorcycle safety advice.

Nigel Burton, Risk Reduction Manager said: "Our aim is to reduce road deaths and serious injuries caused by road traffic collisions on the roads of Staffordshire. We would like to take the opportunity to educate as many youngsters as possible in the hope that we can make a difference."

"It is a sad fact that in Staffordshire, young drivers make up just 10% of the population but they are involved in 40% of the County’s crashes and 1 in 5 newly qualified drivers will have a crash within the first six months of their driving test," said Mike Maryon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment.

"Staffordshire County Council has an extensive programme of initiatives which support young people from the earliest stages of learning to drive through our Young Driver Coaching Programme and once they achieve their full licence, the Safety Centre and Pass Plus Extra scheme are designed to provide extra skills and experience. This event will be a great opportunity for us to reach our target audience and hope that it will help reduce the needless death and injuries of young people on Staffordshire’s roads."