Westdrive provides focus for young drivers

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The event runs this week and is aimed at senior school pupils.

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Senior school pupils in West Lothian attended an event called 'Westdrive' this week to promote driving issues in a positive and fun way but with a very serious message.

The event, which was organised by West Lothian Community Safety Unit (CSU), runs from Tuesday 26 August to Thursday 28 August at Howden Park Centre, Livingston, and is aimed at sixth year students from secondary schools in the West Lothian area.  It is particularly aimed at those young people who are already holders of a provisional/full driving licence or who will shortly be looking to gain a driving licence.

Road crashes can destroy many young peoples' lives and those of their families.  ‘Westdrive’ provides an innovative way to connect with future drivers at the time when statistics show that they are most likely to be involved in accidents.

Pupils will also be able to see a car which was actually involved in a fatal accident, and learn about the after effects of being involved in a road crash, as well as finding out what to do if involved in an accident.

Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul commented: "The importance of instilling good road sense in the young people of West Lothian cannot be overstated. The council has a commitment to reducing the number of accidents on our roads, and we have implemented a number of different measures to increase road safety in the area. ‘Westdrive’ continues that good work by helping young people learn about the dangers they could face on the road in a way which is both informative and fun."

Group Manager Stuart Stevens of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “This innovative partnership event is targeted towards young people, who are significantly more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision.

“The pupils will be provided with a number of inputs from various agencies in the context of a serious vehicle collision.  A variety of static information stands both inside and outside will be on display with the session culminating in an extraction demonstration by Fire and Rescue and Ambulance service crews.

“We hope this multi-agency approach to encourage safe and responsible driver behaviour, and show the possible consequences of irresponsible driving gets the message across.” 

Sergeant John Jackson of Police Scotland said: “Keeping people safe on the roads is a priority for Police Scotland. ‘Westdrive’ is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn road safety skills that will hopefully stay with them for a lifetime. My hope is that they will share the information and knowledge they gain from this event with family and friends so the benefits of ‘Westdrive’ can reach out into the wider community.”