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Bromley teenagers warned about road safety in hard-hitting council initiative

PUBLISHED: 09:52 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 23 July 2018

The consequences of dangerous driving are graphically illustrated through the event’s workshops. Picture: Bromley Council

The consequences of dangerous driving are graphically illustrated through the event’s workshops. Picture: Bromley Council

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Teenagers at Langley Park School for Boys, Eden Park Road, Beckenham, have been taking part in a thought-provoking initiative about road safety.

Driven by Consequences is an award-winning programme aimed at young drivers, and has been running successfully for ten years, forming part of an ongoing road safety initiative to reduce the number of young people killed or injured on Bromley’s roads.

The consequences of dangerous driving are graphically illustrated through the event’s workshops, highlighting the dangers of young drivers and motorcyclists making certain choices, including driving under the influence of drink and drugs.

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment, said: “Bromley’s national leading ‘Driven by Consequences’ campaign is just one of the ways that we try to impart the vital message about road safety to newly qualified teenage drivers.

“Many have already experienced and benefited from taking part on the Driven by Consequences course, a day which they will tell you themselves pulls no punches as to the harsh realities involved when making mistakes whilst driving at speed or under the influence of drink/drugs.”

Over 5000 students this academic year have taken part in this initiative or the council’s traffic education programme.

Statistics show that one in five young drivers crash within one year of passing their test.

Inexperience is a key cause of these accidents, so the campaign is targeted at Year 12 students aged 16 and 17 who are about to start driving or have recently passed their test.

This initiative is part of the council’s road safety service, combining education and engineering works which has resulted in Bromley’s roads, per mile, having one of the lowest serious casualty rates in London.

The events bring together speakers from the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, London Air Ambulance and Kwik-Fit working in partnership with Bromley’s Road Safety Unit to give compelling accounts of the devastation that can be caused by irresponsible driving. In past sessions, students have heard from the bereaved mother of a 16 year old, attended a reconstructed collision scene with Forensic Police Investigators and prepared evidence for a reconstructed coroner’s court inquest.

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