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Successful fire service and partners hard hitting road safety workshops introduced to Worcestershire year 11 students

Tuesday 27 September and Thursday 29 September students from Worcester will participate for the first time in the multi-agency interactive road safety scheme titled: 'Dying 2 Drive'. The initiative workshop has already run successfully for a number of years throughout Hereford, where students have experienced first-hand a hard-hitting road traffic collision (RTC) reconstruction and associated workshops.

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The innovative initiative is being rolled out for the first time in Worcester and aims to reduce the risks of death and serious injury amongst young road users throughout the county as they start to travel independently in cars or on motorbikes with other young adults.

On the 27 & 29 September, schools from across Worcestershire will visit Worcester Fire Station to attend Dying 2 Drive sessions. Each session commences with a hard hitting road traffic collision reconstruction, complete with live 'causalities' and the three emergency services working together to save lives, as they would in a real life situation. Students then witness the tragic aftermath of such a crash and the devastating ripple effect it can have on friends and families.

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The reconstructions are closely followed by powerful, interactive workshops which are run by Hereford & Worcester Fire Service (HWFRS), West Mercia Police, Safer Roads Partnership, St John Ambulance and DHL. During these workshops, the consequences of risky behaviour behind the wheel are explored and, amongst other risk mitigating activities, students are shown how to perform life-saving CPR.

The sessions conclude with a moving real-life story from a father who lost his 23 year old daughter in a road traffic collision.

Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: "Having recently attended one of the latest Dying 2 Drive sessions at Leominster Police Station last week, it is great to see such a dynamic and interactive scheme now being rolled out in Worcestershire as well, especially one that works closely with these soon-to-be young drivers and passengers, to give them the right skills and knowledge to help prevent them becoming victims of potential future road traffic collisions."

For more information on Dying 2 Drive please click here.