In Greater Manchester. 647 people have been killed or seriously injured on the roads between November 2018 and October 2019. (TfGM).
Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) attend Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) whenever someone is trapped in a vehicle, or when they are required to help make the area safe or put out a vehicle fire.
We now rescue more people from RTCs than we do from fires - so we are keen to work with our partners to do all we can to keep people safe on our roads.
Young People and Road Safety
Young drivers (aged 17 to 24) make up only 7% of the driving population, but are involved in 22% of fatal or serious collisions. Many of the collisions GMFRS’ crews attend involve young drivers and their passengers, often involving life-changing injuries. We run several initiatives with our partners to try and change this and help to make sure that young people know how to enjoy the freedom driving brings, but also the responsibility it carries.
Safe Drive Stay Alive
Safe Drive, Stay Alive (SDSA) (opens in a new tab) is a collaboration between all of our 999 services, Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Safer Roads Greater Manchester (opens in a new tab).
Every year, we invite all of our Greater Manchester colleges and youth groups to our emotionally engaging performances, where they hear real stories from people affected by RTCs. We also provide all attending groups with a free follow-up resource pack so that they can further explore the issues raised at the performance.
We have two driving simulators which we can take out to groups or events around Greater Manchester. They are housed in VW Transporter vans specially adapted for this purpose. They allow young people the opportunity to simulate a driving experience and see for themselves the dangers of distracted driving, speeding, drink driving but in a safe and carefully controlled environment.
For more information about our driving simulators, please email, Lesley Allen at GMFRS firstname.lastname@example.org
We recognise that passing your driving test in one of the most exciting days of your life. However, statistically it is also the start of a period when you are most at risk behind the wheel due to inexperience and sometimes peer pressure from passengers. In Greater Manchester we work in partnership with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to ensure that every young person who passes their test receives a Glovebox Guide full of useful road safety information.