Upper and Lower Sixth Students from Coulsdon College were given the opportunity this week to attend the Safe Drive, Stay Alive show at the Fairfield Halls. This national campaign aims to reach new and pre-drivers in an emotive and hard-hitting way, influencing behaviour and attitude on the roads.
Steve Gooch, Deputy Principal feels so strongly about the importance of this education, that he organised coaches to bus all the students to the Fairfield Halls. He explains, “Road death is the biggest killer of young people in the UK. For every tragic death, ten more young people suffer serious and often life-changing injuries. Each crash is a human tragedy from which families and friends never truly recover. Our students are reaching the age where they will be starting driving lessons or getting a lift from a newly qualified driver so it is timely that they are armed with the knowledge that this event provides.”
Safe Drive Stay Alive is produced by a road safety partnership including Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, local councils and emergency services. A combination of graphic films and first hand stories from those who have lost loved ones in tragic accidents provides a high impact emotional experience for the audience.
18 year old Upper Sixth student, Amira Zerrouki was grateful to attend the event. “Many of my friends are learning to drive and I’m hoping to start lessons. I found the stories very shocking and they will stay with me for a long time. I hope no one I know has to go through that emotional pain.”