Young drivers in County Durham are being educated about the four main causes of collisions.

Durham County Council’s road safety team, joined by Durham Constabulary and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, is delivering free interactive sessions to individuals aged 16 to 24.

This initiative follows concerns over road casualty data between 2019 and 2023, revealing a high incidence of injuries among young drivers and passengers.

These sessions teach about the ‘fatal four’ risks related to driving - speeding, mobile phone use, drink driving, and neglecting to wear a seatbelt.

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Each hour-long tutorial also highlights the potential consequences of these actions driving licences, employment, and other areas of life.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: "Whilst many young motorists drive carefully, recent data shows that there is a need to target this age group and highlight the dangers linked to driving and the reality that comes with risky behaviours behind the wheel."

According to Cllr Scott, the feedback has been constructive, with attendees finding these sessions enlightening and educational.

Since its November 2023 start, the programme has reached more than 1,200 participants in various settings, including schools and colleges.

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The most recent session involved Derwentside College students.

Michael Johnson, the college's assistant principal, said: "The tutorial programme we offer at the college forms a vital part of the overall programme of study for our young students.

"Our exciting and innovative sessions aim to provide all the skills they need to be safe and successful in their wider lives.

"This well-delivered session, delivered by the road safety team, formed one very important aspect of the programme and we look forward to working with the team to deliver similar sessions to our new learners in the next academic year."

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