More than 100 students learnt about the consequences of dangerous driving during a special event at RAF Boulmer yesterday as part of national Road Safety Week.
Pupils from Amble’s James Calvert Spence College and Berwick Academy watched a Road Sense Common Sense presentation – a joint emergency-service initiative aimed at young drivers.
The presentation featured a number of live speakers from the emergency services and short films made by people who have lost loved ones in road collisions or whose family members have been left seriously injured.
It was an opportunity for the students – who were all aged between 16 and 19 – to hear first-hand accounts about the consequences of poor driving.
Work is also being done to educate the military community.
At the start of the week, a team from Operation Dragoon – which is Northumbria Police’s long-standing commitment to road safety – teamed up with the North East Ambulance Service, as well as Northumberland and Tyne and Wear fire and rescue services, to educate the public.
Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels, who also leads the Operation Dragoon team, said: “We fully support Road Safety Week and these types of events are a great way to engage with young people.
“It really hits home when pupils get the opportunity to see the consequences of dangerous driving and the effects it can have on the loved ones of those killed or injured on the road.
“The families have been an integral part in putting the project together and our hope is that young drivers will benefit from hearing about these real experiences and take a lot away from it.
“We will continue to do all we can to educate the people of the North East about how to stay safe and look after the most vulnerable road users.
“Whether road users are vulnerable because they are on foot or on bike or because of their age and lack of road experience, we are doing all we can to make sure we reduce the amount of crashes in our region.”
Alex Bennett, Northumberland Fire Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “Deaths and injuries on the road affect not just the individual – the lives of families can be destroyed by losing a loved one or changed forever by having to care for a family member with life-changing injuries. Everyone has their part to play in keeping our county safe, that’s why we work with our colleagues in other parts of the council, such as road-safety officers and highways experts, alongside the police, health agencies and other key partners to minimise casualties on our roads.”
Simon Swallow, from the North East Ambulance Service, said: “Everything we do as emergency-care workers is designed to protect life, so anything we can do to remind people about the dangers of our roads and the impacts of such accidents will hopefully help to keep them safe.”