Swanswell helps Leicestershire students stay SAFE on the road

16 November 2012

Swanswell’s helped hundreds of students understand the risks of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as part of a special road show in North West Leicestershire.

The SAFE event at Stephenson College in Coalville is organised by the Safer North West Partnership, and focuses on the consequences of dangerous driving, attracting up to 500 young people from the college and neighbouring districts.

Swanswell – a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use – works with people across the county and it was invited to highlight how dangerous alcohol or drug misuse can be to people on the road.

During the two-day event (6 and 7 November 2012), staff used interactive aides and games to show 16 to 19-year-olds how substance misuse can affect perception, gave out information cards about alcohol and driving as well as useful Swanswell merchandise.

Students were also given an insight in to the charity’s Drink Impaired Drivers Programme, which gives people a clearer idea of how alcohol affects their ability to drive safely, putting the lives of others at risk, as well as their own.

Jamie Leake, Recovery Worker for Swanswell in Leicestershire and Rutland, said: ‘Statistics tell us that road casualties are more likely to be in their late teens than any other age group, so it’s vital that we help get these messages across before it’s too late.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have some serious consequences – many people don’t really understand the effect these substances can have on their driving and how dangerous it can be for themselves or others.

It can be a real eye opener and events such as this provide a great opportunity to warn young people of the risks, make informed decisions and reduce the chance of them becoming involved in an alcohol or drug-related road accident.’

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