Some 1,300 students from schools across the Wokingham Borough will be learning about the consequences of road traffic collisions at the Safe Drive Stay Alive events next month (November).
Over 22,000 young people from schools and colleges across the Thames Valley and Hampshire will hear an emotive and hard-hitting presentation about the harrowing consequences of being involved in a road collision. This year is the tenth anniversary for the initiative and since it began in 2006, over 8,000 Wokingham Borough students will have attended the event which is aimed at new or pre-drivers to educate them about the importance of being safe on the road.
Speakers at this year’s event include a young woman who was left with permanent scars and life changing injuries as the result of a collision. She is joined by a young man who lost both of his legs in a fire which engulfed his car following a crash. Thames Valley’s emergency services, including the police, ambulance and fire service, speak about what it’s like dealing with road incidents where young drivers are seriously injured or killed and which could have been avoided.
Last year in Berkshire some 1,924 fatal and serious injury collisions occurred; 508 of which (approximately 27 percent) involved a driver aged between 17 and 24.
Executive member for planning and highways Cllr John Kaiser said: "As 90 per cent of the audience at the Safe Drive Stay Alive events have yet to pass their driving test, the aim is to help young people understand that they are not invincible. They do have choices to make which could mean the difference between life and death for themselves and others."
Safe Drive Stay Alive is run by Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, Fire and Rescue Services, South Central Ambulance NHS Trust, hospital accident and emergency staff and road safety officers from councils across the region.