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Teenagers to see powerful road safety presentation

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(Updated 9:12am 20th September 2018)


6:41am 20th September 2018

It’s hoped a powerful presentation aimed at Dorset teenagers will reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

The 'Safe Drive - Stay Alive' roadshow will be delivered to more than 5,500 students in Year 11 - who will soon be learning to drive.

The presentation uses personal testimony and dramatic video footage to make the audience aware of the tragedy and suffering caused by road traffic collisions.

Firefighters, medics, police officers, bereaved parents and people who have been directly involved in road traffic collisions recount their stories, often in heartbreaking detail.

Between 28 September and the end of January, the presentation will be seen by students at places which include Purbeck School in Wareham, Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, and Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport.

There will also be screenings at Weymouth Pavilion for students from the local areas.

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‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ is a road safety initiative coordinated by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on behalf of the Road Safety Dorset partnership.

Ian Hopkins, road safety manager at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: "The presentation is hard hitting and upsetting, but we make no apology for that. The speakers are real people who have experienced the horror of road traffic collisions, whether as a member of the emergency services, as a victim or as a parent who has lost a child. It is this truthfulness that makes it so successful.”

“We know that the young people who see this roadshow are affected, and we have seen the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads decrease since the programme started. We really do make a difference."

‘Would you like your school to take part?’

More dates are being added to the current programme - if you would like to book the roadshow for your school, please contact Phil Villain on 07500 815924 or e mail phil.villain@dwfire.org.uk. For more about Safe Drive Stay Alive, visit www.facebook.com/SafeDriveStayAliveDorset



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