England rugby star encourages safer driving among students

12.00 | 21 March 2017 | | 1 comment

An England international rugby player has shared his own account of being involved in a road traffic collision in an effort to encourage safer driving among students in Devon and Cornwall.

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell, capped 22 times by his country, worked in partnership with Devon County Council’s road safety team to produce the video in support of the Learn2Live (L2L) initiative.

The film is designed to encourage young people to think more deeply about driving, and promote Learn2Live events where young drivers learn to keep themselves and others safe on the roads.

Delivered to more than 100,000 students and service personnel across Devon and Cornwall since 2008, L2L comprises a series of speakers – from the emergency services, Trading Standards and a victim and/or a family member of someone involved in a road traffic collision – sharing their experiences of road traffic collisions.

During the video, Jack Nowell talks about his personal experience of being involved in a road traffic collision and encourages young drivers to attend L2L.

Jack also talks to two volunteers involved in delivering L2L, traffic officer Sergeant Harry Tangye, who has attended more than 150 fatal road traffic accidents, and Ali Morrish, whose daughter died in a road traffic accident.

Jack Nowell said: “I think it’s very important for a young person to go and see the L2L presentation. For me it was a bit of an eye opener – the biggest thing I learnt is that it can happen to anybody.”

Jack is a keen advocate of road safety and patron of The Honest Truth road safety charity.

Want to know more about young drivers and road safety?
Online library of research and reports etc – visit the Road Safety Knowledge Centre
Key facts and summaries of research reports – visit the Road Safety Observatory


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    It would have been useful for the gentleman, on reflection, to have said what he could have done to have prevented the incident happening at all, i.e. what lesson did he learn? All we know is “..I was on the bypass and ..I hit a bit of ice…” Was it over-confidence? Lack of skill through inexperience? etc. etc.

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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