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A lesson in road safety that is about to get good, bad and ugly

| 14.12.15

Kids at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre are about to get wrecked – but it has nothing to do with over indulging before Christmas.

They will be taking part in road safety workshops which have so far been delivered to thousands of other Gloucestershire students.

So-called ‘Wrecked workshops’ were designed by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) with the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl. They are aimed at helping young people become responsible on the roads and are free to all schools and colleges with children aged 16 or over.  Last year, more than four thousand teenagers around the county were taught the dangers of driving under the influence of drink and drugs.

Mr. Surl said: “We know from research and, sadly from first-hand experience, that this age group is particularly vulnerable on the road, whether behind the wheel or as passengers.

“It’s our responsibility to reduce the risks through education and making them aware of the dangers they face through behaviour which might not have occurred to them as inappropriate”.

The commissioner’s Safe and Social Driving Co-ordinator Louise White said, “The Wrecked team educates its audiences on the dangers of drink and drug driving in a way that is engaging and interactive, whilst still relaying the harsh realities.

“Staff in post 16 education are grateful for the support we provide to safeguard their students and the students themselves often stay behind at the end of a session to relay their appreciation for what they’ve learned”.

Cllr Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for community safety and local county councillor for Newent said, “Young drivers are at higher risk than more experienced motorists – that’s why the Road Safety Partnership is focussing on supporting them in safe driving. That’s even more important in rural areas like Newent where driving can be a necessity not a luxury.

The ‘Wrecked’ tour, dubbed ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ to reflect the messages around road safety, targets young, pre and novice drivers and their passengers.

Each session is an hour long. Firefighters and police officers join road safety education experts to discuss the issue and the serious impact on lives. Key messages include the personal and emotional consequences of being involved in a crash after drinking or taking drugs; the law and enforcement; the social and long term impact that a drink drive conviction can have, as well as ‘morning after’ drink driving and how to calculate a unit of alcohol.

This year the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is working with independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers. If you have any information about regular drink and/or drug drivers, you can call anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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