FINDING out the attitudes that young people have to driving is
vital in being able to influence them about road safety - so
Apprentice Community Safety Advisor Peter Ashton used an emergency
services day at Tameside College as a chance to gain the insights
of his peers.
Peter was chosen to spearhead the Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service (GMFRS) involvement in the emergency services day at
the college and he decided it was an opportunity to find out more
about one of the key groups the Service is trying to make
Young people aged between 17 and 25 are a target for the
organisation because they are more at risk of being involved in a
Peter said: "The whole day was about attracting their attention
and captivating them into the causes and effects that road traffic
collisions have - not only on themselves but other road users, the
emergency services, family and friends.
"As a service, we are constantly trying to reduce the risk of
traffic collisions happening and also bringing down the amount of
fatalities which are caused on the roads by drivers being under the
influence of drugs and alcohol or reckless driving.
"I designed a questionnaire for the young people to fill out as
I spoke to them, asking what they think are the risks that young
drivers take whilst driving, or putting other people at risk whilst
"The response I received was outstanding. From these results, we
can now focus on this and we can be innovative in the ways we work
with young people to help them reduce the risks to themselves.
"The whole day was a huge success - we have obtained some
crucial information for us to progress further to engage with young
drivers and help reduce the number of fatalities."
For advice about staying safe on the roads and to download our
glove box guide, which is full of tips and support to help 17 to
25-year-olds be safer on the roads, please go to: