Driving home safety message to young drivers

Edinburgh Young Drivers event is returning to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange for its third year between 10-12 September, aiming to reduce the number of young people killed or injured on our roads.

Edinburgh Young Drivers event is returning to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange for its third year between 10-12 September, aiming to reduce the number of young people killed or injured on our roads.

The event, organised by Streets Ahead is the biggest of its kind in Scotland and all S6 school pupils in Edinburgh have been invited to attend.

In 2011, 17 to 25-year-olds accounted for nearly a quarter of all road casualties in Edinburgh, with young men being the most likely to commit driving offences. New drivers are most at risk in their first year of driving.

This intervention covers the key issues of drink-driving, speeding and wearing seatbelts, with attendees taking part in various activities designed to teach them how to lower their chances of causing or being involved in collisions themselves.

Young people who have been affected by serious incidents will also share their stories, and a hard-hitting play, ’Friends Disunited’, will highlight the potentially life changing consequences of careless driving and peer pressure.

Sarah Irvine, who was seriously injured after an accident which occurred when she was at the wheel, has this message for young drivers: "One mistake in not putting my seatbelt on during a short journey led to ten days in high dependency and a life changing experience for me. I lost my dream of swimming competitively and my beloved car was written off. My advice would be, no matter how short the journey or the excuse not to, always wear a seatbelt. Events like these are great to inform young people of what can happen and how things can go wrong in an instant."

Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: "It's disturbing to think that young people account for nearly a quarter of all road casualties in Edinburgh. The Streets Ahead partners, which include the City of Edinburgh Council, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, are determined to bring this number down. Initiatives like this are a vital tool in educating young motorists in how to keep themselves and their passengers safe."

Chief Superintendant Mark Williams of Police Scotland added:"Police Scotland recognise how vulnerable young people can be when using the roads and work hard to keep them safe. The Streets Ahead Young Drivers event gives the participants an in-depth insight into the risks associated with dangerous driving and the consequences of being involved in serious collisions. Testaments from victims and those responsible for causing a collision will undoubtedly strike a chord with the young people and hopefully deter them from behaving in a reckless or careless manner while driving."

Edinburgh Young Drivers is hosted by Radio Forth DJ Romeo and supported by Digby Brown Solicitors

The Twitter profile for the event is @edinyoungdriver and the hashtag is #edinyd

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