Emergency Services advise Students on Road Safety Behaviour
On Monday, 17th December, Ivybridge Community College welcomed representatives from the Police, Fire and Ambulance services to talk to students in Years 10 and 11.
This mini ‘Learn to Live’ presentation was in response to a recent road safety campaign at the College.
Sergeant Ollie Taylor ran the informative sessions, regarding the dangers of the roads, whether travelling on foot, in a car or on a bus. Young people are statistically one of the most at risk groups when it comes to road traffic collisions and we very much want to keep our students and our community safe. Our plan was to enable young people to understand specific risks and consider the consequences of their actions, and to encourage them to make small changes to their behaviours, so that they can make sensible safe choices with regard to their safety.
- Young drivers (aged 17-24 years) are overrepresented in road collisions compared with other road users
- Collisions involving young drivers are more likely to occur during night-time hours, on rural roads and involve a single vehicle, predominantly on Fridays and Saturdays
- Young drivers are often involved in collisions where they have failed to cope with unexpected situations due to their inexperience
- Young drivers are 50% more likely to crash in their first year
- Statistically the most dangerous seat in a vehicle is the front passenger seat. We call this the ‘Sacrificial seat’ and it is predominantly young females who suffer the consequences
- Approximately 26% of all KSI’s (Killed and Seriously Injured) casualties resulted from collisions involving young people. (RAC Foundation, 2016).