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Dying 2 Drive targets future young car drivers in Worcestershire

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is running Dying 2 Drive 2018 at Worcester and Bromsgrove Fire Stations from 26 September to 12 October 2018.

The hard-hitting campaign targets Y11 pupils in Worcestershire the year before they can learn to drive a car, to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries of young drivers (17 to 24 years old).

In Worcestershire, in the five years 2013 to 2017, 92 people died in crashes involving young drivers – and almost 7,000 were injured.Twenty nine fatalities in the county occurred in 2017 from RTCs involving young drivers.

Last year, Dying 2 Drive was attended by more than 3,000 Y11 students across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the campaign aims to reach even more in 2018.

"Despite the intensive content of Dying 2 Drive, too many young drivers are still dying or suffering serious injuries on the county's roads," said Watch Commander Pete Hope.

"Twenty nine people died last year on Worcestershire's roads in cars driven by young drivers - almost double the number of deaths in 2016. We offer this free opportunity to all the high schools in Worcestershire so Y11 pupils can learn important lessons for life, and so reduce the chance of road deaths of pupils who are able to drive."

Road Safety Team Inspector Adrian Davis of West Mercia Police, said: "Dying 2 Drive is an impressive and effective series of road safety workshops. We work with our colleagues from the Fire and Ambulance amongst other organisations to help to educate soon-to-be young drivers with the vital skills and knowledge that will help keep them safe on the road."

Nationally young drivers are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers.Although drivers aged 17-19 are only 1.5% of UK licence holders, they are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver1.

Dying 2 Drive gives future drivers the opportunity to explore the choices and consequences of poor driving behaviour.Each session takes just over two hours to help them understand the risks of speed, distractions, and impairments on safe driving, via a road traffic collision reconstruction and practical interactive workshops. A bereaved father also shares his family's heartbreak of losing his daughter and future son-in-law in a fatal crash.

Two more schools could be accommodated at the Bromsgrove events – details are available via the on-line booking form.

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Editor notes

1 Source: Brake, the road safety charity

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