22 November 2011

Northamptonshire County Council's fire and rescue service is delivering an intensive programme of road safety education during road safety week (21st to 27th November)

This year, the BRAKE road safety charity's theme is Too Young To Die and to support this, the fire and rescue service is delivering a hard-hitting presentation to over 700 students in colleges across the county.

The presentations, which include a mock crash vehicle, are aimed at students between the ages of 17 and 24 as they are at a higher risk according to national statistics.

Fire and rescue service watch manager Steve Parr from the Community Protection Department said: “There is a wealth of research and casualty data showing that young drivers - particularly young male drivers - are at a much higher risk of being involved in a road traffic collision than older drivers and are therefore at risk of losing their lives or being seriously injured on the road. Taking education and awareness direct to young people will help to keep them safer on the roads and give their families peace of mind”

Further information and advice about road safety can be found on the Brake charity website.