Pupils at Gloucestershire College speak of dangerous driving by their friends
TEENAGE pupils have admitted they often find themselves passengers in cars being driven dangerously by their friends.
The 14 and 15-year-old members of Gloucestershire College’s schools link programme were talking about road safety after they came up with ideas for a campaign poster on the topic.
College students have
been invited to design the artwork for a marketing campaign by Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership in support of the Echo’s RIP 479 campaign.
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They have been asked to target one of the four major causes of injury for young people as drivers and passengers – speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone and drink or drug driving.
In 2012, almost half of all the drivers killed in Gloucestershire were aged between 17 and 24.
The motor vehicle maintenance pupils, who attend the college’s Cheltenham North campus once a week on release from school, gave their views on road safety.
Kurtis Hill, 14, from Rowanfield, Cheltenham, said: “My sister drives and she’s really sensible. But my mate messes about on the motorway. He swerves everywhere.
“I shout at him to drive sensibly. It’s important to say something because if you didn’t and there was an accident, you would feel bad.”
Matthew Walton, 14, from Walton Cardiff said: “My mate had a car for a week and ended up writing it off, because he was driving too fast. He ended up in a ditch.
“If you only just passed your test, you should take it steady, you have no motorway experience.
“I’ve been scared in a car lots of times.”
Josh Skinner, 15, from Tewkesbury, said: “I think some people are immune to the dangers on the road. They think they are a good enough driver and won’t crash. They are overconfident.
“The garage down the road has some cars that have been written off in accidents. Maybe young drivers should see those cars so they know what happens.
“Maybe they should cap the speed of the car.”
Lee Fisher, 14, from Leckhampton in Cheltenham added: “If you have your mates in the car, you end up showing off to them.
“It’s difficult to ignore them when they are telling you to speed up. It’s peer pressure.”
The winning entry, to be announced on November 18, will see their campaign brought to life on billboards across Gloucestershire.
They will also have the opportunity to launch their campaign at a dedicated event and will have their work promoted by the Echo.