This year Safe Drive Stay Alive will be replaced by a new and exciting road safety film streamed online.
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Over 23,000 young people are expected to attend from schools and colleges across the Thames Valley and Hampshire to hear an emotive and hard-hitting presentation about the harrowing consequences of being involved in a road collision. The event is aimed at new or pre-drivers to educate them about the importance of being safe on the road.
Speaking at this year’s event will be a young woman who has been left with permanent scars and life changing injuries as the result of a collision. She will be joined by a young man who has lost both of his legs in the fire which engulfed his car following a crash. Thames Valley and Hampshire’s emergency services including the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service will speak about what it’s like dealing with road incidents where young drivers are seriously injured or killed and which could have been avoided.
The head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police Joint Operations Unit 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.
“Road death is the biggest killer of young people in the UK. Each week, more than three people die and around 200 are injured in collisions on the roads in Thames Valley and Hampshire.”
The number of young drivers who are killed or seriously injured is disproportionately high. On average, 1 in 4 deaths on the road are drivers aged between 17 and 24. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash because of inexperience, lack of knowledge and sometimes irresponsibility.
Safe Drive Stay Alive is run by Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Services, hospital accident and emergency staff and Road Safety Officers from councils across the region.