Keeping safe on the roads

Police and fire service officers have been giving road safety advice to Northumberland pupils.

The students, aged 13 to 17 were from Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School.

They took part in sessions with officers from Alnwick Neighbourhood Policing Team and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

Neighbourhood Sergeant Neville Wharrier said: “Road safety is a priority for us. We are keen to speak to young people and talk through the dangers.

“We want to do all we can to reduce the numbers of young people involved in injuries on our roads whether as pedestrians or in vehicles.”

NFRS north area group manager Les Embleton said: “It’s important we speak to young drivers who have just passed their test as well as those who will be learning in the future.

“Split-second decisions about when and when not to drive, travelling at speed and paying attention at the wheel, can have life-changing consequences.”