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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Life-saving programme drives home road safety messages

02/12/2015

A hard-hitting programme aimed at young drivers will deliver road safety messages to youngsters aged 16 to 24 in the west of the county.

“The modified vehicle, supported by the presentation, is proving to be an excellent visual tool, helping us to educate young people about the importance of driving in a safe and sensible manner"

Station Manager, Graham Mills

The Young Drivers course will take place at Rugeley Community Fire Station from 6pm to 8pm on December 3, 2015 and on January 21, 2016.

Firefighters will give a presentation to the young people in a bid to convey the importance of driving safely and sensibly.

The ‘Fatal Four’ presentation highlights the four most common mistakes made by young drivers which result in death or life-changing injuries. These include speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

A modified vehicle is used to simulate a road traffic collision allowing young people to experience first-hand what it would be like. The vehicle, which has been designed to have its doors removed, demonstrates procedures used by firefighters.

Station Manager, Graham Mills said: “The modified vehicle, supported by the presentation, is proving to be an excellent visual tool, helping us to educate young people about the importance of driving in a safe and sensible manner.

“Statistics show that young drivers are at a much higher risk of being involved in a collision than older drivers. Motorists aged 17-19 only make up 1.5 per cent of UK licence holders, but are involved in 12 per cent of fatal and serious crashes.

“These shocking figures clearly demonstrate just how vital it is that we make teenagers aware of the potential consequences if they do not take driving seriously. We hope that the simulation will have a long-lasting impact on teenagers, resulting in a reduction in the number of young people experiencing a road traffic collision in real life.”

If you would like to attend the course please email Jordan Money on jordan.money@staffordshirefire.gov.uk to register your interest.

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