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300 Young Drivers Expected At Road Safety Week Launch

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7:26am 17th November 2014

16 people have been killed on Dorset's roads this year and 261 have been seriously injured.

Today see's the start of Road Safety Week.

300 young drivers will be watching a "Safe Drive Stay Alive" presentation at Weymouth Pavilion.

Area Commander Craig Baker, DFRS Strategic lead for Road Safety said: "The Safe Drive Stay Alive presentation aims to give young drivers and road users the perspective of those affected by a road traffic collision including police officer, hospital staff, firefighters, paramedics and bereaved family members. This partnership approach to road safety education helps young road users to understand that they are not the only ones who would or could be affected should they or a friend experience a road traffic collision."

Craig added: "Anyone affected by the devastating effects of losing a family member or friend in a serious road traffic collision knows that this type of prevention initiative will help save lives in the future. This is why we will work with our partners during Road Safety Week to educate as many drivers as possible."

Vikki Thomas, Weymouth Community Safety Centre Co-Ordinator said: "Weymouth Community Safety Centre is passionate about educating the people of Dorset, particularly in road safety. We hope during Road Safety Week to target those most at risk on Dorset's roads by providing a variety of educational programmes.  We are proud to be hosting a different event every day throughout Road Safety Week to educate people and help them to change their behaviours.

She added: "The launch of Road Safety Week at Weymouth Pavilion will see young people from Kingston Maurward and Weymouth College, IPACA and Purbeck 6th forms and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service's own Modern Apprentices coming together for the first time to be immersed in one of our many education packages.  If any colleges or 6th forms have been unable to attend the launch, then we are able to provide packages at the centre on Radipole Lane to educate their young people and would recommend they contact us."

For more information on the activities being put on for Road Safety Week, please contact Weymouth Community Safety Centre on 01305 753050.

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