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Young drivers encouraged to attend free theatre performance, Safe Drive Stay Alive

Press Release   •   Oct 02, 2018 15:06 BST

Bookings are open for a series of hard-hitting and emotive ‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ performances aimed at new and pre-drivers aged 16-24 held in theatres across the Thames Valley and Hampshire region next month.

Last year over 2,000 people were injured on roads in Thames Valley and Hampshire and an average of four young people per week were killed or seriously injured. Young drivers are much more likely to be involved in a crash on the roads, often due to inexperience and a lack of knowledge of the risks. Around one in four deaths on the road is aged 17-24.

A tragedy that has a massive impact upon those directly involved, but also has wider implications for employers and companies who are invested in this age group (apprentices, employees etc). These performances are aimed at influencing behaviour and attitude on the roads and has a creditable 98% positive feedback from attendees.

Sgt Rob Heard, “We can accommodate anyone in this age group, whether they are individuals, small groups or larger groups that often attend from colleges, universities. Historically the main take up is within the full time education sector.

“I am concerned that the employed community of 16-24 year olds are missing out and potentially become part of a higher risk group. If you are a parent of a young driver in full time employment or indeed an employer of young drivers whether they drive for business or not, please sign them up onto a FREE performance, the benefits are immeasurable.”

Below is a list of venues and general information. Booking is via the http://www.safedrive.org.uk/ website. The events last about an hour and a quarter and are provided free of charge.

Venues

We have venues across Hampshire and Thames Valley. We have two performances a day at 10:30am and 1:00pm lasting approximately 75 minutes each. Thames Valley venues this year are:

5th, 6th and 7th November at the Hexagon, Reading
13th, 14th, 15th November at the Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, Bucks
21st, 22nd, 23rd November at the Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford (AM only)
26th, 29th November at the Ridgeway Centre, Milton Keynes


Bookings

The booking site is open for a limited period of time, so please make sure you book your places now to avoid disappointment. Each theatre seats around 1400 people for any one performance and places are going quickly. To book your places then visit the web site http://www.safedrive.org.uk/ and visit the bookings page. You will need to register first then you can book your places.

Safe Drive Stay Alive is produced by a road safety partnership including Thames Valley and Hampshire Police, local councils and emergency services. Celebrating its 13th year now Safe Drive Stay Alive has welcomed over 220,000 visitors since its first performances in 2006.

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