'Crash' Course

Crash Course is a multi agency road safety presentation supported by Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Staffordshire Children and Lifelong Learning and Staffordshire Victim Support. It aims to change attitudes towards risk taking and driving behaviour.

It is aimed primarily at young people. Young drivers aged 16 to 25 feature disproportionately in the numbers of people to blame for road traffic collisions where someone is killed or seriously hurt.

The presentation tries to help the audience see things from the point of view of being an offender, a casualty and the relative of an offender or a casualty in a road traffic collision. By using real stories about real events it personalises vital messages about the consequences of risk taking in motor vehicles.

It is hard hitting and has proved very successful in changing the attitudes of participants to their risk taking. The project has been so successful it is now being used as part of police driver training and for driver diversion for mobile phone offenders. More than 30,000 people have attended a Crash course presentation in the last 3 years. 

Crash Course was used as an example of best practise for young driver road safety interventions at a meeting of TISPOL, the European traffic police network.  A presentation at the German National Police Training College has also resulted in several German States expressing an interest in developing their own version of Crash Course.

Between 2006 and 2008 the number of young drivers aged 16 to 25 found to be at fault for crashes resulting in serious injury reduced by 46 per cent  from 51 to 28 per annum.  For crashes with fatal injuries the numbers dropped from 31 to 21, down by 32per cent.