Reality check for young drivers
ROAD safety experts put on a show to warn young drivers and motorcyclists about the risks and dangers they face.
The Plymouth Casualty Reduction Partnership held its roadshow and Show and Shine event at Plympton Fire Station with a packed programme of interactive displays and activities for visitors.
It was the first such event organised by the partnership and saw young drivers and riders meet with other enthusiasts, gaining valuable advice from road safety experts and motoring professionals.
The partnership is made up of a number of agencies, all with the same aim of reducing the number of fatalities and injuries on the roads in and around the city.
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They include Plymouth City Council, the emergency services, driving instructors, Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership, Plymouth and District Advanced Motorists, Plymouth Advanced Motorcyclists and Lyons Davidson.
Suzanne Keith, council road safety officers said: "It's too easy to think that once you've passed your test you know all there is to know about driving.
"Statistics show that one in every five newly qualified drivers has a crash within a year.
"The simple fact is it takes new drivers and riders longer to react to hazardous situations than more experienced drivers and riders.
"If you couple that with excessive speed, or distractions such as loud music or noisy passengers, you are increasing the risk of a crash even more.
"We want young drivers to make the most of their cars without putting themselves and other road users in danger."
Firefighters brought along a host of vehicles which they use to showcase traffic incidents, including their Mitsubishi Evo, VW Driving Simulator, VW Young Drivers Education Vehicle as well as Ducati and MV Augusta motorcycles.
Watch manager Mark Wood said: "All these vehicles are used throughout Devon and Somerset to help improve drivers and motorcyclist's safety through raising awareness and encouraging behaviour changes as well as trying to promote driving and riding skills improvement.
"We also try to alert all road users to the dangers on the road and the consequences of risk taking.
"We're encouraging car drivers to notice motorcyclists and start thinking more about the person riding the motorcycle.
"We also want motorcyclists to take steps to manage and reduce their own personal risk."