Teenagers get involved at young driver event - Cambridgeshire

Hundreds of Cambridgeshire teenagers got involved in an interactive event for young drivers last week.

Nearly 1,000 16 and 17-year-olds attended the event on Wednesday and Thursday (June 29 and 30) at Huntingdon Racecourse organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership. 

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service was one of 20 organisations, businesses and emergency services that took part in the event to engage young people and new drivers about staying safe on the road and their responsibilities as both passengers and drivers.

Firefighters from Huntingdon and community fire safety officers talked to young people about the consequences of being involved in a road traffic collision, operated one of five crash-car simulators, and had fun encouraging young people to try mocktails to drive home the message about not drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel.

Howard Newton, community fire safety officer, said: “Events like this are crucial in our job to reach out to the drivers of the future and raise some of the important issues. There were lots of students there and from the feedback we had on the day it seems they all took something away from the multi-agency event.”

In 2015, 114 young people aged between 16 and 25 were killed or seriously injured on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough roads.

Clair George of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership said: “This is the second year the partnership has run the young driver event.  Building on the success from last year more organisations/business had exhibitions at the event. The event was a great opportunity for young people to get involved and gain the information they need to make informed decisions about driving, riding and using public transport.”