Road Safety Demonstration

Wednesday 28-11-2018 - 14:51

 Avon Fire and Rescue came along to give a talk on road safety, they gave some great advice and tips on how to stay safe on the road. 

Ben Dickinson from Avon Fire and Resuce spoke to us after the demonstration and gave us some statisics on incidients on the roads.

"Passing your driving test can be one of the most thrilling experiences for students and we want to see them out enjoying the roads in a safe and positive way.

We know that young drivers are statistically more likely to be in an accident but we hope that by showing them how serious a road traffic collision can be, they may take more care on the roads.

Firefighters deal with a variety of road traffic collisions all year round so any education or demonstrations that helps to reduce the number of collisions is something we will always assist with."

Young drivers (17-24 years old) are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers. Drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver.

 Data on British drivers shows that:

  •  Drivers aged 16-19 are a third more likely to die in a crash than drivers aged 40-49.
  •  One in four 18-24 year olds (23%) crash within two years of passing their driving test.
  • Young male drivers are involved in many more crashes than young female drivers.
  • There were 174,510 casualties of all severities in the year ending September 2017.
  •  A total of 27,010 people were killed or seriously injured in the year ending 2017.
  •  There were 1,720 road deaths in the year ending September 2017.

Avon Fire and Rescue also came with Greg Sumner to talk about his experience, in 2012 Greg was involved in a car crash after getting in the car with his friend who had been drinking. Greg was lucky to survive, suffering 27 broken bones and was in a coma for 5 months. 

Greg now raises awarness for people to know who they are getting in the car with. Sadly the driver of the car Greg was in was killed you can find out more about gregs story on his Facebook Page


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