Exeter College hosted the road safety team Learn2Live to talk with students on the dangers of the road and how the impact of a wrong decision can last a lifetime.
The sessions run by the Learn2Live organisation provided genuine accounts of those who have been affected by road safety collisions, including police officers, bereaved parents and other emergency service professionals.
Journalists from the BBC and ITV attended the sessions, aiming to help shine a light on an important issue for many young people who are just starting to learn to drive.
The sessions represented the last time retiring Devon and Cornwall Police Sergeant Harry Tangye appeared at the event, ahead of his impending retirement in the coming months.
Harry Tangye said, “As a police officer specialising in Serious and Fatal Road Traffic Collisions, I soon realised the most effective way to help reduce collisions was not a speeding ticket, although there certainly is a place for that, but to get in at an early age and ensure those teenagers who were being driven about by peers, or have just started driving themselves, were taught the very real risks of driving a car. Learn2Live does that.
“It's interesting to watch students walk into an auditorium as though just about to watch a film and see them leave with memorable expressions on their faces. Learn2Live presentations aim at changing the attitudes of young drivers from the beginning of their driving careers, empowering them to know their destiny is very much in their hands.”
In the South West, young drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group. In order to play their part in mitigating this risk, Exeter College welcomes Learn2Live in to talk to over 3000 students each year on the dangers on the road.
The Deputy Head of Student Experience Megan Snell was pleased with how the event made such an impact on students.
“We take the health, wellbeing and safety of our students very seriously and we ensure that all our learners have access to a holistic range of skills, information and experience to keep themselves well, safe and in control,” said Megan.
“Learn2Live is one of the resources we are proud to offer our learners, as it brings to the forefront the importance of not only being safe as drivers, but also being responsible passengers and good friends to each other.”
Students left the sessions with positive skills and knowledge to look after themselves and their friends on the road, either as passengers or as drivers.
The sessions at Exeter College were supported by pre and post event tutorial sessions around health and wellbeing in conjunction with the recently launched Personal Development Programme.