Students learn about importance of road safety

Over 600 students at Barnsley College have been learning about the part they can play in making our roads safer by attending Drive for Life workshops as part of Road Safety Week.

The workshops, delivered by representatives from South Yorkshire authorities including Fire and Rescue, Police, Safety Camera Partnership and the Driving Instructors’ Association aim to influence the attitude and behaviour of young drivers by highlighting the potential dangers and risks on the roads.

Barnsley College Student Services Officer Lynne Guy organised the sessions at a number of college sites in collaboration with Barnsley Council as part of the cross-college enrichment programme. Lynne said: “Road Safety Week is an ideal time to raise awareness to our students about the importance of becoming safe, focused and considerate drivers. During the workshops, students take an active part and are shown a number of videos including clips of families affected by accidents to  emphasise the real-life consequences.”

PC Lee Beck, Roads Policing Officer, delivered the sessions watched on by Chief Inspector Glen Suttenwood to students at Wigfield Farm. He said: “It’s extremely important that young people are educated about road safety. We cover topics including learning to drive, drink and drug driving, car insurance, speeding and pedestrian safety.

“Feedback has been very positive with students saying they have found the workshops informative and useful.”

Animal Care student Reece Atherton, 16, said: “It’s been really interesting and when I learn to drive, I’ll feel much more informed about being safe on the roads.”

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