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Safe Drive Stay Alive 2012

Monday 05 November 2012, 9:19am

The Safe Drive Stay Alive productions will begin on the 12 November for three weeks at four venues across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Over 15,000 young people are expected to attend from schools and colleges across the Thames Valley to hear an emotive and hard-hitting presentation about the harrowing consequences of being involved in a road collision. The event is aimed at new or pre-drivers to educate them about the importance of being safe on the road.

Speaking at this year’s event will be a young woman who has been left with permanent scars and life changing injuries as the result of a collision. She will be joined by a young man who has lost both of his legs in the fire which engulfed his car following a crash. Thames Valley’s emergency services including the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service will speak about what it’s like dealing with road incidents where young drivers are seriously injured or killed and which could have been avoided.

Superintendent Chris Brown, head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police Joint Operations Unit said:

“Safe Drive Stay Alive is about making young people aware of the many dangers they face and the impact of their actions behind the wheel on themselves, their friends, family, and also the emergency services that deal with them.

“Road death is the biggest killer of young people in the UK. Each week, more than two people die and around 180 are injured in collisions on the roads in Thames Valley”

The number of young drivers who are killed or seriously injured is disproportionately high and last year, 841 people aged between 16 and 19 were injured on Thames Valley roads. On average, three young people per week were killed or seriously injured and around 1 in 4 deaths on the road is aged between 17 and 24. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash because of inexperience, lack of knowledge and sometimes irresponsibility: This summer, 69 drivers under the age of 25 were caught drink driving.

Below is a break down of injury collisions (including fatal and serious injury) across Thames Valley in 2011:

Berkshire:2110 (631 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 29.9%)

Buckinghamshire:1243 (406 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 32.6%)

Oxfordshire:1698 (517 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 30.4%)

Milton Keynes:672 (209 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 31.1%)

Total in TVP:5723 (1763 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 30.8%)

The figures below are the current numbers of injury collisions (including fatal and serious injury) from January to May 2012 only.

Berkshire:787 (254 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 32.2%)

Buckinghamshire:448 (129 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 28.8%)

Oxfordshire:638 (186 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 29.1%)

Milton Keynes:284 (86 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 30.2%)

Total in TVP:2157 (655 involved a driver aged 17-24, approx 30.3%)

Safe Drive Stay Alive is run by Thames Valley Police, Fire and Rescue Services, South Central Ambulance NHS Trust, hospital accident and emergency staff and road safety officers from councils across the region. Find out more on the Safe Drive Stay Alive website (opens new window).

Notes for editors:
Members of the media are invited to attend the Safe Drive Stay Alive productions. The dates and locations are as follows: 12 and 13 November – The Ridgeway Centre, Milton Keynes 19 and 20 November – The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe 21 and 22 November – The King’s Centre, Oxford 27, 28 and 29 November – Hexagon Theatre, Reading The morning session will start at 10.30am and the afternoon session at 1pm. The performances are expected to last for just over one hour. If you would like to attend one of the above performances, please contact the Press Bureau to confirm your attendance so we are able to arrange interview slots for you with the performers ahead of time. Interviews with Superintendent Chris Brown can also be arranged.

Press Bureau
(01865) 846699

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