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Humberside: Young Drivers Event, Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire

September 25, 2012, 12:09 pm

Humberside police are hosting a hard hitting young driver event at Bishop Burton College onThursday 4 October 2012, educating students the dangers of dangerous driving.

The police, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Ambulance service, Safer Roads Humber, Bishop Burton College, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bike Safe are joining forces to host the hard hitting event, aimed at showing the students the consequences of dangerous driving, whether that is as a result of drink driving or driving anti-socially, they are putting themselves, passengers or pedestrians at danger.

The event which will take place from 0900hrs to 1500hrs at Bishop Burton College is a partnership approach involving all the organisations.

The day will be broken up into several workshop exercises, stalls and demonstrations which will also display the seriousness of committing motoring offences and road traffic collisions.

A real life road traffic collision using some of the students studying at the College will take place, using Humberside Fire and Rescue Services Extrication team who will demonstrate on a car, the lengths they have to go to, to remove the roof of a vehicle which is involved in a serious road traffic collision.

Lisa Stokes, Humberside Fire and Rescue Services Road Safety Team Leader said: “As a Fire and Rescue Service we are committed to engaging with the young people of our community.

“This particular event is an ideal opportunity for us to work alongside our partner agencies to highlight the risks faced by not only young drivers that have recently passed their driving test but also the passengers that they carry in their vehicles.

“The worrying truth is that between January 2009 and the end of 2011, young people (aged 16 – 25yrs) accounted for 27% of all the killed or seriously injured casualties across the Humberside region.

“This initiative provides us with a fantastic opportunity to talk to a large number of young people, offering advice, hints and tips on how they can make themselves, and those who travel with them, safer on our regions roads.”

On the day there will be a variety of workshop stalls placed around the event area where agencies will offer a variety of information as well as a variety of useful freebies.

PC Julie Turrell from Beverleys Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) said: “The day is a great opportunity to engage with our target audience of 16-25 year olds, and to offer them a wide range of helpful advice.

“The statistics show that between the years 2007-2011 the majority of incidents that occurred on our roads were due to being careless, reckless and in a hurry which accounted for 286 of incidents, loss of control of a vehicle accounted for 309 incidents and failing to look properly caused 375 incidents.

“This event will educate our young drivers of the seriousness of their actions when on the road, and what they can do to prevent themselves being involved in an incident.

“Our local Halfords branch is also on board and will be providing their assistance, along with the AA who will be offering students the opportunity to have their vehicles checked.

“The focal point of the day will be a live play traffic collision which will see some of the college students get into character and act out a collision. This is a really effective way of getting the students involved and demonstrating the realities of vehicle safety.

“We are very much looking forward to the event and anticipate that it will be well received by the students.”

 
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