WATCH: Hartlepool students get hard-hitting road safety lesson

Students were given a hard-hitting safety message as part of a campaign aimed at reducing road deaths.

With national figures showing that one in four 18-24 year-olds are involved in a crash within two years of passing their driving test, the sessions by Cleveland Fire Brigade are targeted at further education colleges.

Student Katie Ingledew acting the part of the car driver as she is attended by paramedic Steve Roebuck during the mock RTA at the College of Further Education .

Student Katie Ingledew acting the part of the car driver as she is attended by paramedic Steve Roebuck during the mock RTA at the College of Further Education .

The session at Hartlepool College of Further Eductation involved students acting as casualties to be cut out of a crashed car.

The “Learn and Live” programme drives home the “Fatal Four” top reasons for injury and deaths on the roads - speeding, driving while distracted, not wearing seatbelts and alcohol and drugs.

The presentations support road safety charity Brake’s National Road Safety Week this week, which this year has the message “drive less live more”, encouraging people to cut down on the time behind the wheel, drive carefully, cycle or use public transport if possible.

Andrew Bright, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Learn and Live co-ordinator, said: “Although the majority are responsible road users, some young people can be a high risk on the roads and it is vital that we help steer them in the right direction when it comes to road safety.

Firefighters cut open a door of the car during the mock accident.

Firefighters cut open a door of the car during the mock accident.

“Friends can play an important role by looking out for each other and should feel confident to speak-up when they see driver behaviour that could be putting lives in danger.

“We fully support the drive to reduce mileage and encourage the use of a broad range of transport for getting around.

“This also has the add-on effect of being better for the environment and health.”

The sessions are supported by the Cleveland and Durham police Special Operations Unit and the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

More than 80,000 students across Cleveland have been involved in seen the Learn and Live Road Safety programme since its introduction in 2005.