Students from all Wokingham Borough sixth forms, including private schools, are attending this year’s Safe Drive Stay Alive presentations to learn about the risks they face when behind the wheel.
More than 1,200 students from local schools booked presentations at The Hexagon in Reading, The Wycombe Swan in High Wycombe and The Anvil in Basingstoke between 4 November and 19 November.
The presentations, organised by Safe Drive Stay Alive partners, include an emotive and hard-hitting film about a group of friends on their way to a house party and the devastating consequences of their dangerous driving, interspersed with real life experiences from emergency services staff, victims and parents.
Last year in the Thames Valley and Hampshire an average of four young people per week were killed or seriously injured on the roads. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a car crash, often due to inexperience and a lack of knowledge of the risks. Safe Drive Stay Alive, run by Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, local councils and emergency services, is now in its 14th year and continues to provide an innovative and educational experience to new or pre-drivers.
“It saddens me to hear the harrowing statistics of dangerous driving amongst young adults in our area but I feel confident that sessions like today’s will really help our students realise the potential dangers they face,” said Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr Bill Soane, who attended one of the events.
“Learning to drive is an exciting time for young adults and gives them greater independence but behaviours need to change in order to keep them safe on the roads. Raising awareness is the first step. Safe Drive Stay Alive has done a brilliant job today at engaging with our young people and we hope to continue these annual sessions for years to come.”