160 Lower & Upper Sixth pupils at St Killian’s College, Carnlough have participated in interactive ‘2 Young 2 Die’ road education workshops delivered by Insurance broker Autoline Insurance Group. The workshops are part of Autoline’s partnership programme with the road safety charity Brake.
The ‘2 Young 2 Die’ campaign uses hard-hitting content including real life case studies, videos, statistics and discussion-based workshops, to help young people think about issues such as speed, alcohol and drugs and the consequences of crashes for the victims, family and friends.
In 2014, 79 people were killed on Northern Ireland’s roads, an alarming 22 more fatalities than recorded in 2013. In 2014 over a quarter of those who died were aged 16-24 years old.
Commenting on the initiative, Dr Jonathan Huddleston, Senior Leader Post 16, said:
“The workshop was very informative and a timely reminder of the importance of road safety, particularly at this time of the year. Given that a number of students are currently taking driving lessons or considering doing so the workshop highlighted a number of issues regarding safety on the roads in real-life contexts. This was invaluable to all of the students who attended.”
Caroline Currie, Sales Director with Autoline Insurance Group, said:
“As a local insurance broker we’re passionate about making roads safer for our customers and the wider community through our partnership with Brake.
“In addition to the workshops we have also launched ChilliDrive, the most sophisticated telematics app on the market which works by turning your smart phone into an in-car ‘mentor’ that accurately measures driving skills by analysing speed, acceleration, braking and cornering. Safe drivers are rewarded through lower premiums.
“Autoline has also introduced a simulator car to help bring home the reality of a road crash to young drivers. By helping people become more aware of their driving behaviour and coaching them to improve their driving skills the ultimate aim is to help reduce road deaths and serious incidents.”
ChilliDrive also includes other useful functions such as an Accident Reporter to capture photographic evidence from the scene of an incident and an SOS button linked directly to Autoline’s 24/7 claims service, allowing emergency services or breakdown/recovery companies to be alerted with an accurate location of an incident.
For further information about how your school or organisation can participate in the Road Safety Education programme please contact Suzanne Curtis at Autoline Insurance Group on 028 302 59178.