More than 18,000 young people from schools and colleges across the Thames Valley are attending an “emotive and hard-hitting presentation about the harrowing consequences of being involved in a road collision”.
Safe Drive Stay Alive productions are taking place at five venues across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire during November. The event is designed to educate new or pre-drivers about the importance of being safe on the road.
Safe Drive Stay Alive is produced by a road safety partnership including Thames Valley & Hampshire police forces, local authority road safety teams, and emergency services.
While Safe Drive Stay Alive has been around for several years, a number of new elements have been added for 2014, including a new 24-page magazine, the Safe Drive Companion Guide, which comprises news and advice specifically for young drivers to complement the Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshow.
The Safe Drive team has also worked with HM Coroners to develop a follow-up resource that provides a role play of the inquest process, which will be distributed to every attending school.
Speakers at the 2014 roadshow include a young woman who has been left with permanent scars and life changing injuries as the result of a collision, and a young man who lost both legs in the fire which engulfed his car following a crash.
Thames Valley’s emergency services also speak about what it’s like dealing with road incidents where young drivers are seriously injured or killed.
Superintendent Lucy Hutson, Hampshire’s head of roads policing, said: “Safe Drive Stay Alive is about making young people aware of the many dangers they face and the impact of their actions behind the wheel on themselves, their friends, family, and also the emergency services that deal with them.”