Show helps students face the reality of unsafe driving
“Whilst we all know the law, the talk gave us the reality of getting it wrong and definitely will influence our future action on the road – making us, in future, think before we take actions with..."
YEAR 12 and 13 students at Rugby School last week received a powerful lesson on safe driving, when they watched the CEMEX Safe Drive Stay Alive show.
Safe Drive Stay Alive is a professional stage show that has been running in the UK since 2000 and was introduced to Rugby School in 2017. The road safety initiative is to show young people why, as young drivers, they, and their passengers, are so vulnerable in their early years on the road and what they can do to reduce this vulnerability.
It was presented in the Temple Speech Room, Rugby School on 22 February 2022, to an audience of 400 students in years 12 and 13.
This year the event was organised by Rugby resident George Atkinson. Mr Atkinson has been campaigning for road safety ever since his daughter was killed as a pedestrian in London in 1998.
Mr Atkinson thanked CEMEX for their sponsorship and Rugby School for allowing their students to witness ‘this life saving road safety show.’
He wrote that young qualified drivers make up 7% of the total driving population but, disproportionately, are involved in 24% of all serious and fatal crashes. One in six young drivers will become involved in a crash within their first two years of driving. This is of great concern to the local authorities, emergency services and most certainly to parents of young drivers and vulnerable road users.
Mr Atkinson added: “Safe Drive Stay Alive is fast paced, balancing educational content with real life evidence, factually presented, holding the audience’s attention throughout. It uses testimonies from officers in the emergency services about their real experiences in dealing with the aftermath of serious road crashes; from crash survivors and the bereaved. It also covers Safer and Healthy Mobility, a new section on other forms of transportation used by young people.”
Rugby School Student Max said: “This talk was hugely impactful for me - seeing the reactions of people who had to deal with car crash fatalities struck me, as something as simple as wearing a seat belt or not having a drink whilst you’re out makes such a huge difference.