Young drivers take the wheel

13 Dec 2016

An event to encourage young drivers to be safer has taken place in Northumberland.
 
The day-long event attracted over 50 people, with a good mix of young people and parents.
 
Northumberland’s emergency services and the council worked together to help the event to run smoothly.
 
There were a variety of activities taking place, including talks by the fire service and officers from Operation Dragoon, stands providing information on safer driving and the opportunity to use ‘Roadi’, a virtual reality driving simulator, provided by Road Respect.
 
Mark McCarty, deputy fire officer, said: “It’s an undeniable fact that while we are all at risk, some road users, particularly new drivers, are more vulnerable on the roads.
 
“Operation Dragoon has a long standing commitment to road safety and it’s events like these that enable us to directly engage with all road users in an attempt to reduce the number of fatal road traffic accidents.”
 
Operation Dragoon is a partnership between Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and North East Ambulance Service.
 
They work together across three strands; enforcement, engagement and education.
 
These are vital in improving safety on the region’s roads.
 
Inspector Mick Wright from Northumbria Police said: “Operation Dragoon has made huge strides in tackling poor driving and reducing the risk to all road users in rural and urban areas.
 
“Joint events like this help us to get our road safety message out to our younger drivers in an impactive and memorable way.”
 
Refreshments were donated by Greggs and the Co-operative Stores.