Young motorists in Halton warned of the dangers of driving

Youth ambassador Dominic Rogers

Youth ambassador Dominic Rogers

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

YOUNG motorists in Halton are being warned of dangers of driving.

Road death is the biggest killer of young people aged 16-25 in the UK.

Road safety education officers are showing young drivers the consequences of road traffic collisions.

Cheshire youth ambassador, Dominic Rogers said: "Learning to drive or ride a moped gives you a sense of freedom that you never had before. You can come and go as you please without relying on people for lifts.

“However, with this freedom comes responsibility. Some young people seem oblivious to the dangers of the roads. This is why the work of the road safety education officers is vitally important as it open’s young people’s eyes to the potentially fatal consequences of their actions."

One of the ways officers are demonstrating the effects of drink driving is to demonstrate the ‘think’ car which was donated to Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service by the family of a deceased driver.

PC Dave Murray who takes the ‘think’ car around Cheshire said: "The ‘think’ car is very impactive.

“It’s interesting to hear people’s responses when they’re asked how fast they think the driver was going, and whether they thought he was drunk.

“The shock that registers on their faces when they hear that he was only travelling at 43mph and was only slightly over the drink drive limit shows that the message being given by the car does sink in."

Dominic added: "I want to take this opportunity as national road victim month draws to a close to raise awareness of young drivers across the county about the dangers on the road whether you are driving, as a passenger or a pedestrian.

“Concentration is important at all time so please think before you act. You don’t want to be the victim on our roads or live with the consequences of killing someone else."

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