Swanswell helps Leicestershire students stay SAFE on the road

10 November 2011

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 North West Leicestershire District Council, 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 – was invited to highlight how dangerous alcohol or drug misuse can be to people on the road.

During the two-day event (8 and 9 November 2011), staff used special beer goggles 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.

Nicholas Aston, Recovery Worker for Swanswell in Leicestershire and Rutland, said: ‘We know from statistics 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 safety messages across before it’s too late.

People taking part in our Drink Impaired Drivers programme often tell us how little they knew about the effect that alcohol has on their driving and how dangerous it can be for them and others.

Although there is a drink-drive limit, we think the safest way is not to drink at all if you’re getting behind the wheel.’

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