Bromley young driver initiative ‘pulls no punches’

Bromley driven by consequences

Teenagers from across Bromley have been taking part in an ‘innovative and thought-provoking’ road safety programme – designed to highlight the consequences of dangerous driving.

Driven by Consequences has been running for 10 years and forms part of Bromley Council’s efforts to reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured on the borough’s roads.

The consequences of dangerous driving are ‘graphically illustrated’ through a series of workshops which highlight the dangers if young drivers and motorcyclists make certain choices – including driving under the influence of drink and drugs.

More than 5,000 pupils have taken part in the initiative (or the council’s traffic education programme) during the last academic year, including teenagers from Langley Park School for Boys.

Bromley Council says Driven by Consequences is one of several initiatives which have helped reduce the number of collisions involving young drivers. Borough-wide casualty statistics show that ‘in car’ casualties aged 16 to 24 years have declined by 41%, from 188 in 2010 to 110 in 2016.

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment, Bromley Council, said:

“Bromley’s national leading ‘Driven by Consequences’ campaign is just one of the ways that we try to impart the vital message about road safety to newly qualified teenage drivers.

“Many have already experienced and benefited from taking part on the Driven by Consequences course, a day which they will tell you themselves pulls no punches as to the harsh realities involved when making mistakes whilst driving at speed or under the influence of drink/drugs.

“This essential awareness and knowledge has helped to reduce the number of accidents in our borough, particularly involving younger drivers, statistically the group most at risk, and we very much look forward to extending the course’s coverage to other interested schools across the borough.”

18 July 2018