GET INVOLVED: Cheadle road safety event held for young people

On Friday 27 November Staffordshire Safer Roads partnership, which includes Staffordshire Police, the local authority and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, are holding a free road safety event for young persons at Cheadle Fire Station, Ashbourne Road, Cheadle, starting at 7pm.

The event is called “No more Wasted Lives – The fatal four” and it is for young people aged between 15 and 25 who are the most likely to be involved in a serious or fatal road traffic collision. Those aged between 15 and 17 years will need the consent of an adult to attend.

The four most common causes of serious and fatal road traffic collisions are excessive speed, failure to wear seat belts, the use of mobile phones, and driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

“No more wasted Lives – The fatal Four” is a graphic, hard-hitting presentation which includes photographs and a video taken at the scenes of actual collisions, an interview with a mother of a young collision victim and also interviews of those imprisoned as a result of driving offences and road safety advertisements not normally seen on television in England.

The event will also include talks from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, trauma specialists from the Royal Stoke University Hospital as well as the use of a demonstration crash car.

Refreshments will be provided and the event is expected to last around two hours. The idea is to educate young drivers, and their passengers, to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

PC Dave Stubbs said: “This is a free event and I would encourage as many young drivers as possible to attend. It is a hard-hitting graphic impactive event that shows the realities of being involved in a serious collision.

“However, we are also making the event fun and interactive with the use of the demonstration crash vehicle that youngsters will get a chance to go on and some freebies and refreshments will be provided for those attending.

“I would ask all parents to encourage their children and friends that fall within this age range to get them to come along.”