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Drive for Life day to promote safe and sociable driving in the Forest of Dean

7 October 2015
Image representing Drive for Life day to promote safe and sociable driving in the Forest of Dean

Gloucestershire College is teaming up with the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership to host Drive for Life, a multi-agency event to promote safe and sociable driving, on Tuesday 20 October at its Royal Forest of Dean Campus.

Over 550 students aged 16 to 19 will join VIPs from the College; the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner; the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership (Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Fire and Rescue Service and the County Council); county, town and parish councils; the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity; and the Forest of Dean Road Safety Liaison Group at the event, which aims to educate and safeguard their futures.

Statistics show that one in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test and that an 18-year-old driver is more than three times likely to be involved in a crash than a 48-year-old.

Closer to home, 24 young people have lost their lives and 108 were seriously injured in road traffic collisions in the Forest of Dean during the past nine years, which is why speeding, anti-social use of vehicles and promoting the education of safe and sociable driving is a real community priority.

Throughout the day Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, Gloucestershire Constabulary and The Road Safety Partnership will deliver workshops on the following topics:

  • The Illusionist – perceived ability vs actual ability. Are we really as good as we think we are?
  • Physiology and Anatomy of a Crash – the scientific impact of a crash on the human body.
  • The Consequences of the Law – the legislation for driving offences such as speeding, using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and anti-social use of vehicles.
  • The Emotional Impact of a Collision on the Services – How road traffic collisions affect the staff involved at the incident both short and long term.
  • The Role of a Family Liaison Officer – the essential support provided post-collision to meet the needs of the families.
  • byPASSthEdaNGER – Empowering passengers to ‘stand up’ to careless and dangerous driving.

In addition to this there will be 26 exhibits hosted by agencies from both the public and private sectors, including a Reaction Timer; Drink and Drug Drive Testing; a Safety Camera Van; Seatbelt Sled; The Cubed Car; Wildlife on the Road; Rural Communities; Crime Prevention; the AA; Great Western Air Ambulance Charity; 3D Driving Awareness, sponsored by Mike Etheridge Construction, and much more.

Site Principal Sandra Tyrrell said: “We are delighted to be working with the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership to host Drive for Life at Five Acres campus. The safety of our students is of utmost importance to us, especially in the rural community of the Forest of Dean, and we want to try to prevent the harm and heartache caused by road traffic collisions by raising awareness and educating them on safe and sociable driving.”


If you would like to attend the event, please contact Shelly McCatty on 01452 563215 or email

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