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Safe Drive, Stay Alive Roadshow

Bradon Forest School has been working closely with Wiltshire Fire Brigade and the county Road Safety Units to educate students about road safety, their actions and possible consequences as drivers or motor cycle riders on the roads.

The Safe Drive, Stay Alive Roadshow was held at the Empire Cinema in Swindon on Thursday 21 September 2017. The roadshow is aimed at 15 to 18 year olds and was well attended by our Year 11 students.

The show traced the events leading up to a road traffic collision and showed the emergency services deal with the aftermath. Speakers from all the services were present to give an account of a real life situation that they had attended and the effect it had had on all involved.

Why target young drivers?

National statistics show that young drivers are involved in a significantly higher number of accidents than the rest of the population.

  • Latest research from the Department of Transport shows that although the total deaths on Britain’s roads fell by 8% in 2004, fatalities amongst drivers and passengers aged 16 - 19 rose by 12%.
  • Research by the Association of British Insurers shows that teenage drivers are 10 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured while driving than motorists in their 40’s.
  • It is not generally recognised that today’s modern fire service actually rescues approximately 10 times more people from Road Traffic Collisions than they do from fires.
  • 1 in 5 drivers involved in a Road Traffic Collision in which people are injured are under the age of about 25 and about half of all accidental deaths of children are due to Road Traffic Collisions (Highway Code).
  • An alarming 20% of driver’s crash in their first year of driving.