Learn2Live hold events to provide road safety information for students in Exeter and elsewhere, “saving lives through education”.
Since 2008, Learn2Live has been sharing their life-saving messages throughout Devon, including at numerous events in Exeter. They target young people, as they are one of the most at-risk groups when it comes to road traffic collisions, and enable them to understand specific risks and consider the consequences of their actions. Through hard-hitting personal testimonies, from people such as Helen, the mother of a teenager killed in a road accident, they emphasise that “a moment’s madness can lead to a lifetime of sadness”.
The presentation is based on a short film, depicting a group of friends going for a night out; during the night, they are involved in a serious collision, and emergency services rush to the scene (at this point, representatives of the services involved come out on stage and recount collisions they have attended). In the film, one of the friends dies of their injuries, and to demonstrate the emotional impact this can have on families, a speaker then recounts how they have been affected by road collisions. Following the presentation, attendees are given guidance on how to keep themselves and others safe on the road network, such as creating a SAFE Plan (helping young people speak out when in uncomfortable situations), writing down ‘house rules’ for passengers riding in their cars, and enrolling on a cycle training program.
This work helps Exeter’s roads become safer for everyone using them, and aims to reduce rates of serious and fatal collisions on the Greater Exeter region’s roads, thus delivering a key component of Exeter City Futures’ “reliable journeys and resilient roads” goal. The presentations are developed in line with the latest academic research, and have been shown to be effective by researchers at both Exeter and Plymouth universities. For example, Plymouth’s Dr Lauren Weston found that “Learn2Live improves young people’s, in particular young females, attitudes towards risky driving and intentions to behave safely as a passenger” in her 2014 Ph.D.
For more information on the events, and for resources which may help keep you and your family safe on the road, please visit https://www.learn-2-live.org.uk/
Project Lead and Partners Involved
- Devon County Council
- Somerset County Council
- Cornwall Council
- Torbay Council
- Plymouth City Council
- Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue
- Devon Air Ambulance Trust
- South Western Ambulance Service
- Devon & Cornwall Police
- Somerset Road Safety
- Peninsula Trauma Network
- Road User Support Service
- Highways England
- Dyer & Butler
- Wolferstans Solicitors
- Insure the Box