Mega Drive is a multi-agency project between Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Road Safety teams, South Wales Fire and Rescue, Drugaid, Gwent Police and Local Approved Driving Instructors. The initiative is aimed at 16-17 year olds and is designed to educate young passengers and prospective young drivers through informative sessions and experiences enabling them to develop a positive attitude towards keeping themselves safe when travelling in a vehicle.
In 2014 in Wales, young people aged 16 to 24 represented 12% of the population of Wales but had a 22% share of Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) road casualties. The initiative aims to address this disparity and develop good attitudes towards road safety in young people both as passengers and future drivers.
Attendees to Mega Drive are able to find out about and discuss a number of aspects and issues related to driving and travelling as a passenger such as their ability to foresee potential hazards, in-car safety, what can cause a crash in the first place and aspects of the law and driving. They also discuss effects of drugs and alcohol on driving behaviour and watch a fully immersive film via VR (virtual reality) goggles, where they are a passenger in a car driven by a young driver using their phone and speeding and involved in a crash. The viewer then experiences the process of being attended to by emergency services. The session also included a 15-minute drive, under the guidance of an Approved Driving Instructor, which for some is their first experience behind the steering wheel.
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
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