Dying 2 Drive well under way, teaching young people vital road safety lessons

D2D Leominster 2022

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s popular road safety event Dying 2 Drive is now well under way, teaching young people vital road safety lessons again this autumn.

The roadshow is being delivered at four locations across the service area: Leominster Police Station, Worcester, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest Fire Stations.

HWFRS volunteers and partner agencies such as West Mercia Police, WMP Road Safety Team, Herefordshire Road Safety and the ELY Memorial Fund collaborate to educate year 11 pupils on being safe road users. Over more than a decade, the event has grown significantly, culminating in over 3,000 students taking part each year.

Through engaging, interactive workshops, Dying 2 Drive aims to reduce death and serious injury among young road users as they start to travel independently as pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and passengers.

This year’s six-week programme started at Leominster Police Station, Herefordshire on 9 September.

The roadshow is then ‘touring’ through Worcestershire, visiting Worcester Fire Station, Bromsgrove Fire Station and finally Wyre Forest Fire Station, finishing on 14 October.

Station Commander Sara Hall, from the HWFRS Prevention department, said:

“This is an invaluable initiative where we have been able to deliver potentially life-saving advice to literally tens of thousands of young road users from our communities.

“We couldn’t deliver Dying 2 Drive without the dedication of our staff, our partner agencies and service volunteers. We are very grateful to all the people who make D2D the success it is.

“Focusing on the RTC ‘Fatal Four’; inappropriate speed, seat belts, distraction and intoxication, the workshops explore choices and consequences of poor decision-making, giving those attending the necessary skills and knowledge to keep them safe on the road.”