Safety roadshow to educate young drivers

A SAFE drive stay alive roadshow will take place in Forfar’s Reid Hall today (Wednesday) from 10.15am to 12.15pm to allow young drivers across Angus the chance to learn about being safe drivers.

Although casualty numbers are reducing, young drivers and their passengers remain a vulnerable group when it comes to crashes, injuries and fatalities across Scotland.

From April 2010 to March 2011, 18 people were killed and 200 were injured on Tayside roads. Whilst not all collisions were attributable to young drivers, many included young people in the 17 to 25 age group. Factors in young driver crashes include inexperience, lack of awareness, distraction and, at times, peer pressure and over confidence.

It is little surprise then, that the emergency services and their partners see the highly impactive Safe Drive Stay Alive event being as relevant now as it was when it was first introduced in Tayside in 2007.

The Safe Drive Stay Alive theatre production will once again engage with hundreds of senior high school pupils and college students across Angus, Dundee and Perth.

Its intention is to offer an insight into the realities of a fatal road collision and attempts to change attitudes towards safe driver and passenger behaviour. The overall aim of Safe Drive Stay Alive is to give the audience a true sense of their own mortality and clearly illustrate the real dangers that arise when road safety is neglected.

Utilising as many resources as possible community partners, including the emergency services, private sector organisations and associated volunteers, are once again joining together to produce the event.

Safe Drive Stay Alive uses video footage of a reconstructed road traffic collision. The reconstruction is designed to educate and increase the awareness of all young people whether they intend to become drivers or not.

The attitude challenging stage show also calls upon the experiences of emergency personnel and individuals who are affected by the results of road traffic crashes, who give personal testimonies that reveal the long lasting consequences on their lives.

By drawing together the experiences of many individuals the Tayside-wide partnership are able to stress the gravity of being in charge of a vehicle and the responsibility that comes with it.

They also shine a light on the vulnerability of young people who either drive, or are passengers in, a vehicle which if driven inappropriately and leave no doubts that such actions can lead to serious injury or death. Injuries sustained in a collision may affect people for the rest of their lives and the consequences of causing a fatality are simply horrendous to all involved.

Safe Drive Stay Alive is not a stand alone resource. It reinforces all the previous road safety education young people have received and compliments other resources available for this age group.