Young drivers targeted at awareness days
Posted: 28/11/2007 15:12:43
The education of young drivers is the aim of an event that is being held at Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th November.
The events, billed as ‘Awareness Days for Young Drivers’, have been organised by the college in partnership with Telford Police, Telford and Wrekin Council, St Johns Ambulance and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.
It is hoped that this event will build on the good work already started by a similar awareness day that was held at Thomas Telford School at the end of September.
The demonstrations and activities at the event will target the 16 to 18-year-old age group in an attempt to educate them about road safety from a driver and passenger perspective. It is hoped that by targeting this age group as they begin their driving careers, they will acknowledge the dangers attached to driving, learn from the issues raised at the event and therefore understand the need to use the road safely.
The event will run over two days with different groups of students offered the opportunity to view the activities on each day.
The same schedule will be followed on each of the two days and each day will be split into two parts. The first part will run from 9.30am until around 10.30am and will take the form of a presentation put together by Telford Police’s Traffic Management Officer PC Rod Lake and Telford and Wrekin Council Road Safety Officer Mandy Roberts.
The second part of the event will then run from around 11am until 12pm and will feature a mock Road Traffic Collision (RTC) scenario set up by the Police, the Ambulance Service and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Speaking about the RTC scenario, PC Rod Lake said:
“The scenario that we set up is as close to the real thing as we can possibly make it so it is really hard hitting. It is vital that young drivers understand the dangers that they may face once they pass their driving test and we hope that viewing this mock RTC helps the advice on offer to really sink in.
“Young drivers are one of the groups that we are really targeting and figures show that this is one of the most at risk group currently on the road. We acknowledge that learning to drive and getting greater independence is a very exciting time for young drivers but we want to ensure that when they do pass their test, they are aware of the dangers that they are confronted by.
“It is vital that they learn to have respect for their vehicles, the roads and other road users and that is why we place such importance on events such as this.”
Ashley Brown Road Safety Co-ordinator for the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service commented:
“Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to lowering the number of people killed and injured on Shropshire roads each year. This event at TCAT is one of many that are being carried out throughout the area.
“We aim to show the dangers of driving without care and the correct attention to as many young males and females that we can access, and also how each passenger has the power to influence the way in which the vehicle is being driven.
“With close partnership working between ourselves, the other emergency services and the local authorities we aim to get the messages to the most at risk groups in our communities.”
Telford and Wrekin Council Road Safety Officer Mandy Roberts said:
“Drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 years have more road traffic collisions in Telford and Wrekin than any other age group.
“We hope that the work we are doing at TCAT will contribute towards reducing casualties in this group.”
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