A study by RoSPA has revealed that Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership delivers long-term improvements to the attitudes of young drivers and passengers.
Researchers from the charity discovered that sixth formers who participated in partnership workshops still displayed improved attitudes towards road safety 12 months after taking part.
Matt Pickard from the road safety partnership said:
“Protecting young drivers is important because a disproportionately high number of them are involved in crashes in Derbyshire. “We’re encouraged by the fact that we’re making a lasting difference to young people’s attitudes towards driving - but we’re not complacent. We’ll be looking closely at RoSPA’s recommendations to see how we can make the workshops even more successful.”
Christina Brown from RoSPA said: “The project is one of very few that has investigated the longer term effects of an educational programme such as this one. We’re delighted the programme was able to demonstrate lasting consequences for those who attended.”
The partnership's road safety workshops are delivered to 16 and 17-year-olds at schools across Derbyshire.
Topics covered include:
- drink and drug driving
- strategies for staying safe as a passenger
- the risks posed by speeding, using a mobile while driving and failing to wear a seatbelt while driving
- the dangers of becoming distracted while driving