Pupils to take part in Safe Drive Stay Alive eventsBy Laura Herbert
November 20, 2012
More than 1,000 secondary school pupils will take part in Safe Drive Stay Alive events this month.
Schools and colleges across the Thames Valley will hear a hard-hitting presentation about the harrowing results of being involved in a car crash.
Since the initiative began in 2006, more than 5,000 Wokingham pupils have attended the event, aimed at new drivers and people yet to take their test.
A woman left with permanent scars and life-changing injuries as the result of a crash will speak in Reading next Wednesday and on Thursday, November 29.
She will be joined by a young man who lost both legs in a fire which engulfed his car following a crash.
Thames Valley’s emergency services, including the police, ambulance and fire service, will speak about dealing with road incidents where young drivers are seriously injured or killed.
Last year 841 people aged between 16 and 19 years were injured on Thames Valley roads. In Berkshire, 631 injury collisions involved a driver aged between 17 and 24.
Julie Pillai, Wokingham Borough Council’s road safety officer, said: “As 90 per cent of the audience at our Safe Drive Stay Alive events have yet to pass their driving test, the aim is to help young people to understand they are not invincible and they do have choices to make which could mean the difference between life and death.”