Drive for Life is an interactive presentation delivered by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

This free of charge presentation is approximately 2 hours in duration but is adaptable to different time frames.  It is aimed primarily at young people in the 17-24 year age group, prior to them gaining a driving licence or shortly after they have passed their driving test.

Unfortunately research shows that as drivers and passengers in motor vehicles, 17-24yr olds are over- represented in fatal and serious injury collisions.  Young Drivers between 17-24yrs old make up only 7% of the South Yorkshire driving population, but are involved in more than 33% of all fatal crashes in the region, a figure unfortunately mirrored nationally.

The Drive for Life session is designed to raise awareness of issues that might contribute to these collisions, making young people aware of their responsibilities as drivers, examining and altering attitudes and behaviour so as to make them safer, more considerate drivers. 

Rather than a lecture, the presentation consists of interactive scenarios covering issues such as drink/drug driving, speed, peer pressure, seat belt usage, and includes first-hand accounts from local parents, family members or friends that have been affected by a death or serious injury to someone close to them in a collision.  It is a hard-hitting, emotional and thought-provoking session which leads to further opportunities for discussion between the participants on the day, but also leads to talking points for some time afterwards.

The presentation is available free of charge to all Schools, Colleges, Academies and local businesses with Apprentice Schemes running throughout South Yorkshire.

Typical examples of feedback are;

"It made me think about keeping myself and others safe whilst out on the road in the drivers' seat or passenger seat"

"I found it shocking to see the affects it had on other peoples lives, as well as your own, when you don't think about what you are doing with drink driving"

For more information, or if you are interested in booking a session please contact John Scruby, Road Safety Officer, on 01709 254494 or via email at john.scruby@rotherham.gov.uk

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