Devon Somerset Learn2Live 180Devon & Somerset's Learn2Live team have climaxed their autumn series of presentations by hosting 1,500 students at the Rivera Centre - taking the total of young people in Devon educated in road safety to more than 10,000.

The campaign aims to reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads through a powerful presentation which uses the personal stories from emergency service professionals, their relatives and those that have been affected by the results of road traffic collisions. By sharing their experiences they communicate the life changing effects a moment of distraction at the wheel could cost them as well their loved ones who are left behind.

The campaign began life eight years ago and Glenn Bullock, Sergeant on the safer road support unit at Exeter, has been involved since the start. The partnership consists of representatives from all three emergency services, local government and a host of other organisations who all work together towards the same goal of reducing road traffic collisions and saving lives.

“This is the last time I will be presenting at Learn2Live and I’m been very proud to be involved. Since the start I’ve use the same account every time as it has the most impact in relation to the 17-18 year olds who are just about to start their driving career," he said at the Rivera Centre.

“In context with today’s society, they see so much violence, especially with the video games available, which are very graphic indeed. To a degree this can make them desensitised. This program reaches out to them in a different way, on a very emotional level. This I feel is what makes the difference.”

All schools and colleges within Devon are given the opportunity to attend Learn2Live. The students are also encouraged to download the P.A.N.I.C app; this is designed to assist in the first few moments of being involved in a car crash and provides an accurate location by pin-pointing the collision using GPRS providing the app user with grid references. The app also includes other useful features including the ‘In Case of Emergency’ details; an area that stores medical details along with emergency contact details if the mobile phone user is injured.

Marc House, Community Safety Prevention Manager added: “I’d like to thank all our colleagues and partners that have been involved with Learn2Live over the last year. Road safety in this context is an incredibility emotive subject, especially with the family members sharing all their sad and distressing stories. It has a powerful effect on everyone listening, myself included. It’s really important to communicate these important safety road messages to young drivers.”

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