Hard-hitting presentation marks start of global campaign to cut accident fatalities

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YOUNG drivers from South Yorkshire are being targeted in a hard-hitting presentation taking place today as part of a global campaign to cut road deaths.

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is putting on displays, activities and safety briefings to mark the launch of the World Health Organisation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The Drive for Life presentation takes place at Doncaster, Rotherham and District Motor Trades Group Training Association premises in Armthorpe, Doncaster.

Around 300 students are expected to attend the presentation which addresses speeding, drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs, wearing seatbelts and having correct documentation.

In a separate event, firefighters will reconstruct a crash scene at Doncaster North services at Junction 5 of the M18.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing for South Yorkshire, said: “Young drivers aged 17 to 24 are disproportionately more likely to be involved in road traffic collisions which result in death or serious injury.

“We want drivers to be able to enjoy their freedom on the road but equally drivers must understand they are in charge of a vehicle which could be a lethal weapon if not driven responsibly.”

The Fire Service reconstruction at the M18 services will give motorists the chance to try out a new driving simulator which puts drivers through their paces in a range of tough conditions using interactive computer software.

Fire crews will also show onlookers how they cut casualties free from crash wreckage.

Jon Torn, from the fire service, said: “Today is a landmark date for road safety and it is only right we mark it in the best possible way, by doing our bit to get the road safety message across.”

Across the world, nearly 1.3 million people die as a result of a road smashes every year.