Last year in Thames Valley and Hampshire an average of 4 young people per week were killed or seriously injured who were involved in a car crash. Safe drive Stay Alive is a non-profit organisation, which aims to reduce injuries and deaths of young people in the Thames Valley and Hampshire area. The whole of Year 12 were invited to Reading Hexagon in order to learn and be more aware of the dangers of reckless driving.
The best opinions to hear are those of the people who are directly affected and have witnessed car accidents and after hearing real stories from victims, parents, fireman, paramedics, police and surgeons it brought to our attention how these incidents can impact their lives as well as the people directly involved. All of the different people at the event all had different stories to tell but were equally hard and distressing to listen to. One of the most poignant people to watch was a mother whose life was turned upside down when her daughters were involved in a fatal car accident, and sadly one of them died. Her story was hard hitting, deeply thought provoking and really hit home with us as her daughter was our age and this therefore make us think about how our actions will have consequences when many of us start driving this year.
By going to the event we learnt so much more than any clip or poster could tell us, with being given the power to drive, you have responsible for your actions and that there are lives at stake. Personally, I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to witness this as it made me realise that although exciting, driving is a responsibility that should be taken very seriously. Although I cannot change the past, or influence the actions of others, I hope that my driving will be considerate of the accounts that I have heard at Safe Drive Stay Alive.
Here are some quotes from various year 12’s and their opinions/experiences of Safe Drive Stay Alive-
- “It was very traumatic and harrowing but made me think about my actions when I start driving”-Robyn Randall
- “SDSA showed me the effects that one seemingly trivial decision (like checking a phone whilst driving) can have on so many lives. That one glance at a text message or a check of your lipstick can change the lives of so many others in ways you’d never imagine”-Susannah Ames
- “I thought it was very moving and emotive and ever since I’ve put my seatbelt on straight away”-Tom Day
- “It was a very informative event to attend and it made me think more about the dangers of driving”-Jodie Bannister
If you would like to read more about the event which we attended, you can go to the following website: http://www.safedrive.org.uk
SAFE DRIVE, STAY ALIVE
By Holly Hains And Reuben Dossett