Lesson in safe driving for city school pupils

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Hundreds of school pupils in the city have been getting a lesson on road safety this month as part of an initiative by police.

The Safe Drive Stay Alive tour arrived at the Ridgeway Centre in Wolverton for two days this week to give Milton Keynes youngsters a stark insight into the realities of dangerous and drink driving.

The number of young drivers killed or seriously injured on roads covered by Thames Valley Police is disproportionately high, and last year 785 people aged between 16 and 19 years-old were injured. The 17-24 year-old age group saw 1,843 injuries in 2012.

Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash because of inexperience, lack of knowledge and sometimes irresponsibility. And on average, one in four people who die on the roads are aged between 17 and 24.

Superintendent Chris Brown, Head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police Joint Operations Unit, said: “Safe Drive Stay Alive is about making young people aware of the many dangers they face and the impact of their actions behind the wheel on themselves, their friends, family, and also the emergency services that deal with them.

“Road death is the biggest killer of young people in the UK. Each week, more than two people die and around 180 are injured in collisions on the roads in Thames Valley.”