Working together to improve road safety.

With statistics showing that young drivers remain the most likely to be involved in road traffic collisions, the Gwynedd-Mon Road Safety Partnership is currently visiting secondary schools in Gwynedd to raise awareness about the dangers posed to young people on the roads.

Road safety officers from Gwynedd Council were joined by representatives from the emergency services at a recent event at Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Pupils had the chance to take part in a simulator, use an interactive safety vehicle which highlights the dangers faced by young people on the road and listened to presentations from road safety professionals.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“With so many collisions on the road affecting our young people, I was very pleased to take part in the recent event at Ysgol y Moelwyn and to see that Gwynedd’s young people receive the best possible advice about road safety.

“By working with our partners, we hope to reduce the number of young people involved in road traffic collisions and to ensure their safety on the roads.

“These young people are just a year or two away from being provisional driving licence holders, and we hope that this initiative will encourage them to be responsible when driving - not only for themselves, but for the passengers that they are carrying and other road users.”

In Wales, young drivers (17 to 26 years old) and their passengers are disproportionately at risk of being seriously injured on our roads and they are considered to be the most at risk age group – making up 11% of driving licence holders but 23% of casualties in 2011.

Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision during the first six months of passing their test and are inclined to drive inappropriately because of lack of experience. There is evidence to suggest that targeting pre-learner drivers through education and training can help people develop better driving skills.

The road safety roadshow – supported by the Gwynedd-Mon Road Safety Partnership - is currently visiting secondary schools across the Meirionnydd area. The partnership includes Gwynedd Council, the Isle of Anglesey County Council, North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service.