New scheme targets young drivers

By Gary Smee 07/02 Updated: 08/02 10:13

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Buy photos » Mark Bowater from project sponsors First React Computers, Gary Jay, station commander at Evesha Fire Station and Evesham officer PC Paul Lewis are looking to teach youngsters how to look after themselves on the road. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0612001MMR2

A NEW scheme aimed at cutting the number road accidents involving young people has been launched in the Vale.

The project will see about 50 youngsters aged between 17 and 24 take part in a number of activities showing them the consequences of driving recklessley and how to stay safe.

It has been set up by the Evesham Motoring Group which is made up of firefighters, police officers and businesses after fire crews attended more than 650 crashes in a year, many involving serious injuries or deaths.

The planned events will focus on how police investigate crashes, a demonstration by firefighters showing how they use cutting equipment to release casualties from vehicles and how speed cameras and enforcement is used.

Youngsters can also enjoy a grand prix style event and learn vehicle maintenance and mechanics.

Gary Jay, station commander at Evesham Fire Station, said he hoped the scheme would make young drivers think more.

"As firefighters we see the devastating impact a serious road traffic collision can have on drivers and their passengers," he added.

"This scheme will see us working alongside young people so we can share our experience with them and hopefully educate them on why it is important to drive safely."

The project has also been sponsored by groups and companies including Evesham Town Partnership, Wychavon District Council, West Mercia Police, First React Computers and Alan Ashton Motor Engineers.

Anyone aged between 17 and 24 and interested in joining the motoring group can get more details from the Evesham Motoring Group Facebook page.

The date of the first meeting will also be publicised on www.hwfire.org.uk.

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