Warwickshire Police and Fire Service educate young people about the dangers of driving

The presentation highlights the dangers of driving
The presentation highlights the dangers of driving

Warwickshire Police and the County Council Fire and Rescue Service has been working with young people to highlight the risk of accidents and fatalities in the first few months after passing a driving test.

Recent statistics show that one in five new drivers will have a road traffic collision within six months of passing their driving test and that road fatalities are on the increase in young drivers.

This is a very emotive and educational film

PC Beki Taylor

For the past three months, Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service have been working in partnership to educate young drivers about the four most common factors in fatal road accidents; using mobile phones whilst driving, excess speed, not wearing seat belts, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

This presentation, known as The Fatal Four, has so far been given to over 1,000 students in Year 12 and Year 13 across north Warwickshire.

Officers from the emergency services have been in to Rugby High School, Lawrence Sheriff School and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College on a weekly basis.

PC Beki Taylor and PCSO Ken Wyer, the Youth Engagement Officers from the Harm Reduction unit at Nuneaton Police station, are highly motivated to spread the word of The Fatal Four and want the film to be available to any member of the public who would like to see it.

“This is a very emotive and educational film,” said PC Taylor.

“You don’t have to be a young driver or a new driver to learn from it - every driver can learn from seeing this.”

The officers have arranged viewings for local Safer Neighbourhood Teams so that they can identify people in their communities who they think would benefit from seeing the film, and in order for people to be able to view it in comfort they have approached the management of The Holiday Inn Express, Bermuda Park, Nuneaton.

General Manager for The Holiday Inn Express, Mileta Hartland said: “When Beki and Ken approached us a few weeks ago and asked us if we’d allow the use of our conference facilities for free to show this film we said yes straight away.”

The first public viewing was last Wednesday evening and was attended by staff from the Holiday Inn Express and Direct Taxis as well as some visitors who were staying overnight.

Alan Lawson, owner of Direct Taxis, attended with some of his drivers and was so impressed with the film that he now wants to make it compulsory for all of his drivers to see it as part of their training.

Mileta added: “Now that I’ve seen this myself I understand why the police and fire service want as many people to see it as possible and we are very happy to help facilitate this.”

John Wilson, Watch Commander from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “As a fire and rescue service we see the real devastation these types of incidents can cause. The feedback we have had from people of all ages who have seen The Fatal Four presentation is very positive and encouraging. After the presentation on Wednesday evening we have already been approached by members of the public who are interested to know when they can see it.”

As a result, two further dates have already been scheduled at The Holiday Inn Express in June and July.

If anyone would like to see the film they can contact PC Beki Taylor at Nuneaton Police Station on 02476 483015.