A campaign to slash the number of road accidents involving young people could become a regular part of education at schools across the district.
The Road Safety Group at Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership this week launched its hard-hitting Learn and Live DVD, which is used to deliver a message of safer driving to young people, as many of the accidents that take place across the district involve young and inexperienced drivers.
And schools have told the partnership they would be keen to see such a programme become an integral part of their annual education programme.
Students of King James’s School in Knaresborough were present at the launch of the DVD.
Tracy Burt, Sixth Form Learning Manager at King James’s, said: “We have been fortunate to have had the benefit of Learn and Live since the campaign was first launched several years ago. We believe this is an important part of our Sixth Formers’ pastoral education and this presentation by the emergency services delivers the safe driving message in a way that has a real, and hopefully long lasting, impact.”
Mark Upton is chair of the Road Safety Group. He said: “It is important that we make sure young drivers understand the importance of safe and responsible driving.
“This approach has proved successful over the years and we welcome the way that local secondary schools are keen to include the Learn and Live presentation to their students.”
Harrogate Borough Coun Margaret Atkinson is chair of the Community Safety Partnership. “Funds available to the Partnership have enabled the upgrade to the DVD so that the messages are given are up to date,” she said. “This is an effective way of educating young drivers, which remains a local priority for us.”
The DVD highlights the consequences of road accidents on the family and friends involved, as well as the blue light services.
Fiona Ancell, Road Safety and Travel Awareness Officer, said: “The DVD does have some strong footage including the impact that a death of a loved one has on a family through dangerous driving. “We know that this approach does work and that students reflect on what they have seen and think carefully about their actions either as a young driver or a passenger.
“The clear and simple message is Learn and Live.”