The casualty data shows that young people are at a high risk of being involved in a road traffic collision. This is due to a combination of youth and inexperience. This makes young people more likely to take risks but less able to spot hazards and know how to deal with them safely.
HOPE has recently received National Lottery grant funding to prioritise engagement specifically with young people aged 13 to 18 years old who are not in mainstream education.
This is important work for us, as this age group are becoming new road users and can be easily influenced by their peers. We have seen the devastating consequences of irresponsible driving and are working hard to prevent this.
We have developed a programme of activity which can be offered via pupil referral units, alternative educational provision and other out-of-school groups and projects for young people.
The one-hour sessions aim to influence attitudes and change behaviour towards safer road use, especially for those young people travelling by car.