Teenagers ‘get wrecked’ learning about drink drive dangers in Gloucestershire
The dangers of drinking under the influence of drink and drugs are being drummed into more than 6,000 young people across Gloucestershire.
Many of them were at the Skill Zone centre in Quedgeley today for the event held by Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership which aims to cut road deaths across the county.
With Gloucestershire Engineering Training, the event taught 17 – 24-year-olds about the emotional and physical consequences of being involved in a crash after taking drink or drugs.
As part of a staged road traffic collision, students experienced what it would be like to be cut out of a vehicle by the emergency services.
The course also covers drink driving the morning after and how to calculate a unit.
Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, infrastructure and planning at Gloucestershire County Council said: “More and more people are learning and understanding about the serious consequences that drink or drug driving can have on lives.
“Sadly some still feel as though they can control a vehicle after they’ve drunk alcohol or taken drugs. The ‘Wrecked’ prevention course will reach even more local young people this year with its vital message.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire Martin Surl said more people are killed on the roads than by any other unnatural means.
He said: “Young people, whether drivers or passengers, are among the most vulnerable. That is why it is imperative we take every opportunity and use any means available to educate them about the risks of getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs.
“Helping our young people become responsible adults and promoting safe and social driving have been among my priorities from the first day I was elected and will remain so throughout my second term.”
Gareth Cook, lead instructor for Gloucestershire Engineering Training, said he is “passionate” about education and developing young people. He said educating young people in the dangers and temptations that life brings is equally important as teaching them technical skills and knowledge needed for their future.
He said: “Our partnership with the road safety partnership is a fantastic way to do this with their professional, passionate and enthusiastic team educating our learners in a fun and interesting way. We very much value this partnership and look forward to working with the Road Safety Partnership team again in the future.”