Young Driver

‘Drive 2 Arrive’ event for young drivers

Young DriverYoung drivers in Walsall will be encouraged to act responsibly when they get behind the wheel at a special event next week.

Walsall Council’s road safety team has joined forces with its partners, including West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service to run the ‘Drive 2 Arrive’ sessions at Banks’s Stadium on 17, 18 and 19 October 2011. Supporting the event include local driving instructors and the T3 Young Person’s Substance Misuse service.

The event is aimed at helping younger drivers to become aware of the potential catastrophic consequences that can occur from road traffic collisions.

Statistics have shown that young drivers aged 17 to 25 have the highest rate of accidents. One in three male drivers between the ages of 17 and 20 are involved in an accident within the first two years after passing their driving test.

Around 50 students will attend the event each day from schools and Walsall College. Small groups of 12 to 13 students will travel around four interactive scenarios before the lunch break.

The course will cover a number of areas including:

* Off road driving sessions – provided by local driving instructors
* Dangers of drink and drug driving and its ramifications*
* An overview of the ‘points system’, fixed penalty notices, window tinting, tyres, seatbelts and information on insurance and vehicle seizures

West Midlands Fire Service will also demonstrate just how dangerous driving can be by rescuing a mock casualty from the aftermath of a serious car crash.

Mark Rickard, group leader for traffic and transportation at Walsall Council said: “This is the second Drive 2 Arrive that we’ve been involved with this year.

“Learning to drive can be an exicting time but it can all be too easy to forget just how dangerous and expensive cars can be. The sessions give young people valuable information about what they need to before learning to drive, such as applying for a licence and how to reduce the cost of insurance.

“We hope the sessions will make them think twice about their and others’ safety and the need to act responsibly when they get behind the wheel.”