AF&RS visit SGS to help educate young drivers on road safety

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) visited students at SGS College as part of a drive to help educate new motorists on road safety.

Crews from Yate and Patchway fire stations attended the Filton-based college today (23/10) to perform a road traffic collision demonstration and discuss road safety.

The move is part of the Service’s road safety campaign that runs until December in which it hopes to reduce the number of accidents on the roads amongst young and new drivers.

According to the Department of Transport, drivers aged 17-19 only make up only 1.5 per cent of UK licence holders, but are involved in nine per cent of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver(1).

The AA also found that one in four 18 to 24 year olds (23 per cent) crash within two years of passing their driving test(2).

It is hoped that a demonstration of the dangers and also a talk drawing on the first-hand experiences of firefighters on road safety might help to lower the number of accidents involving young drivers.

Kurt Hunt, Crew Manager for Risk Reduction, said: “Passing your driving test can be one of the most thrilling experiences for students and we want to see them out enjoying the roads in a safe and positive way.

“We know that young drivers are statistically more likely to be in an accident but we hope that by showing them how serious a road traffic collision can be, they may take more care on the roads.

“Firefighters deal a variety of road traffic collisions all year round so any education or demonstrations that helps to reduce the number of accidents is something we will always assist with.”

Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal of SGS College, added: “The safety of our students is of utmost importance. Hundreds of learners drive to SGS each day, so it’s fantastic to have Avon Fire and Rescue Service attend our college to teach them the importance of road safety.”