Campaign launched to get young people to drive with more care

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YOUNG people are being told to ‘drive safely and stay alive’ as part of a hard-hitting campaign by the emergency services.

Police, firefighters and paramedics are joining forces to reduce the number of young people dying or being seriously injured in car crashes in West Sussex.

In the last year alone, 107 people aged between 16 and 24 were killed or seriously injured on West Sussex roads.

A further 576 suffered minor injuries as a result of a car accident.

Emergency services will now tour the county with a roadshow.

The show combines narrative film footage of a group of teenagers whose journey ends in tragedy.

It is combined with real-life stories that are brought to the stage by people whose lives have been changed forever by a car crash.

Chris Bowles, watch manager for Safer Communities at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘Stay Alive tackles many of the common dangers for young people – bowing to peer pressure, drink-driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts, the distraction of mobile phones – but it is delivered in an engaging way that the students can really relate to.

‘The show has a very emotional impact on the audience because the speakers who come on stage and share their experiences aren’t actors.

‘They are the people who have been directly affected by, or seen first-hand, the devastating consequences of a car crash.’

The roadshow will be coming to Butlins at Bognor Regis on Thursday and will also visit Chichester College on November 22, 23 and 24.