Young drivers get danger warning

(left to right) paul Dee (durham and cleveland specialist operations unit) Mark McCormick (hartlepool FE college), Andy Bright (cleveland fire brigade) Steve Roebuck (paramedic northeast ambulance service) and Sophie Cowell (hartlepool FE college) at the"Learn and Live" event
(left to right) paul Dee (durham and cleveland specialist operations unit) Mark McCormick (hartlepool FE college), Andy Bright (cleveland fire brigade) Steve Roebuck (paramedic northeast ambulance service) and Sophie Cowell (hartlepool FE college) at the"Learn and Live" event

POLICE and fire officers are to complete a roadshow tour of colleges in a bid to spread a road safety message to students.

Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police, North East Ambulance Service, and Hartlepool Borough Council’s road safety teams want to target young drivers in Hartlepool and across the region to hammer home the message behind their Learn and Live campaign that drivers must stay focused and not be distracted. The presentation comes as part of road safety charity Brake’s National Road Safety Week from 18 to 24 November.

(left to right) paul Dee (durham and cleveland specialist operations unit) Mark McCormick (hartlepool FE college), Andy Bright (cleveland fire brigade) Steve Roebuck (paramedic northeast ambulance service) and Sophie Cowell (hartlepool FE college) at the"Learn and Live" event

(left to right) paul Dee (durham and cleveland specialist operations unit) Mark McCormick (hartlepool FE college), Andy Bright (cleveland fire brigade) Steve Roebuck (paramedic northeast ambulance service) and Sophie Cowell (hartlepool FE college) at the"Learn and Live" event

The roadshows will target inexperienced drivers who are more likely to fall victim of a road traffic collision and serious injury. So far this year nine people have lost their lives as a result of collisions on Cleveland roads across.

Les Jones, head of community safety at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Driver distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury on roads. Driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us do on a daily basis and requires your full attention. We’ll be appealing to young drivers to tune in to road safety by turning off phones while driving and never attempt to multi-task at the wheel.”