Public Sector: Surrey seeks to cut road deaths

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with former Formula 1 racing driver Damon Hill in a campaign that encourages the county's youngsters to exercise more care behind the wheel.

The 'safe drive, stay alive' campaign features a series of shows for 16 to 18-year-olds that will tour Surrey. The roadshow aims to cut the number of deaths and accidents on the roads.

Over the past three years in Surrey, 6,137 young drivers have been involved in collisions; ten have died and 11 of their passengers have been killed.

Hill attended the first show on Monday this week. It is based around a film - a video reconstruction of a traffic accident - and is interspersed with talks from members of the emergency services, county council and police.

The show also features a presentation by a parent who lost their child in an accident, and a person who was disabled in an accident caused by a young driver.

The video was filmed in the local area and cast real members of the emergency services and local actors from Woking Youth Theatre.

According to Surrey County Council, 20 per cent of young drivers crash in their first year of driving.

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