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Birmingham City Council

Young Drivers

Young drivers present a complex challenge. 1 in 8 car licence holders are aged under 25, yet 1 in 3 who die on UK roads are under 25. Road crashes are the biggest killer of 15-24 year olds with 1 in 5 new drivers crashing in the first six months of passing their test (source BRAKE). All too often the reason for these fatalities is speeding, drink and drug driving or failure to wear a seatbelt.

The Road Safety Education Team (RSET) can offer advice and training to help tackle these issues.

In partnership with 5 Star Driving Academy the RSET is offering schools and colleges 'I-Drive'. 'I-Drive' is a young driver workshop aimed at making young people safer and more responsible drivers. The workshop consists of 4 one hour modules and includes a practical driving lesson.

Alternatively the RSET is offering '2young2die'. These educational workshops are provided as part of the Brake Road Safety Academy. The workshops last approximately 1 hour and include hard-hitting interviews focusing on the consequences of irresponsible driving, with discussions about risk-taking, speeding, drink and drug driving as well as the importance of belting up.

If you work with young people in the 15-24 year age group and are interested in the workshops contact Fareeda Akbar on 0121 303 7471 or email: fareeda.akbar@birmingham.gov.uk

For more young driver advice visit www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk

For further information contact the Road Safety Education Team on 0121 303 7683.