Safe Drive GM

Posted at 2:44 pm on 22nd November, 2017

Sixth form students from both year 12 and 13 participated in an over 16’s ‘Safe Drive - Stay Alive’ road safety initiative; bringing young people from across the region face-to-face with the consequences of a road traffic collision. The event took place at Middleton Arena, Middleton Manchester.


The aim of this project is to reduce the number of young lives lost or ruined on our roads.

Drivesafe, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service, Salford Royal NHS Trust and the prison service have joined forces to deliver this exciting new project.

The project is the first of its kind in Greater Manchester and uses real people, including emergency service staff and family members of those lost in collisions, to tell their own personal stories of tragedy and loss.

Year 13 sixth former and Head Girl Emily Bates said ‘This was a very hard hitting project which more young people should be exposed to. The speakers really made you think about the impact of staying safe and taking responsibility for your own actions, as well as the impact tradegies have on all those from parents through to emergency services and victims themselves.

Georgia Newsham year 12 student said: ‘I was shocked to the core by what we sat through. The information  was most definitely thought provoking and I will be more aware about the decisions I make when I am driving or in a friends car.’

Mrs Bates tweeted ‘A really powerful message today #safedrivegm; students left very thoughtful @FlixtonGS’.

Mrs Cassidy saw the impact on the students who attended this event and felt the conference made the girls realise just how fragile life is and how one wrong choice can have such a dramatic life changing impact.

We hope this type of event continues over the coming years and we see a dramatic reduction in young adults involvement in road traffic collisions. For more information see

Following the event #SafeDriveGM ran a social media road safety pledge campaign for all attendees of their sessions during 2017.  Our lucky year 12 student Lizzy Price was selected at random and presented with her prize at school. Congratulations Lizzy and thanks Lesley Allan from Safe Drive Stay Alive GM Project Team.

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