Bid to drive down young road deaths

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SAFETY campaigners hope to drive down the number of young people killed or injured in traffic accidents with an educational roadshow.

Dearne Valley College students met South Yorkshire Police officer Craig White, who visited the college with his police quad bike to talk about the rules of the road for off-road vehicles.

Students were also told about the dangers of driving and given advice to keep themselves and others safe.

The Drive for Life scheme is run as a partnership between local authorities, police, fire and ambulance services and the county’s Safety Camera Partnership, and targets young people aged 16 to 24.

Students were shown a DVD of a simulated road traffic collision, and emergency workers spoke about some of the horrific sights they have seen at crash scenes.

College lecturer Jayne Whaling said: “The real-life accounts showed the roles of the emergency services when dealing with the consequences of inexperience and irresponsible actions.”