Campaign to keep young drivers safe

FIRE chiefs will deliver a hard-hitting roadshow to warn young people how they can stay safe on the roads next week.

Cleveland Fire Brigade is working with partners including road charity Brake to spread the message as part of Road Safety Week.

Students at Hartlepool College of Further Education will watch the brigade’s hard hitting Learn and Live show on Monday and Tuesday.

The presentation features graphic images and videos of real-life crashes and guest speakers telling how they have been affected by road accidents.

It is run in conjunction with Cleveland Police, the North East Ambulance Service and local authority road traffic partnerships.

Nine people have been killed through road collisions so far this year in the Cleveland area.

Steve Walton, of Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Since commencing our Learn and Live programme in 2005, over 54,000 young people have experienced the impact education presentation.

“During that period, road deaths in Cleveland have fallen from 30 in 2005 to only two in 2010.

“However, two is still two too many.

“The fact that we have already seen nine deaths this year shows we cannot afford to be complacent or to relax our efforts.”

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