Year 11 Wise Drive Event at Middlesbrough Football Club

On Wednesday 5th July. Year 11 GCSE Drama students attended a Wise Drive event which was held at the Riverside Stadium, the home of Middlesbrough Football Club.

Wise Drive is an annual road safety educational event aimed at Year 11 pupils usually within County Durham & Darlington who will soon reach the age where they can attain a driving licence.

Statistics show the most vulnerable group of road users are aged 17-24, i.e. those who have just attained their driving licence or may have limited driving experience. The event is a multi-agency initiative involving emergency services, local authorities and businesses in the region. Wise Drive has been developed to provide practical skills and improve knowledge, behaviour and attitudes in relation to all aspects of road safety and the law in relation to this.

Our students were split in to groups along with students from other schools and each took part in five 45 minute workshops:

Anti-Social Driving: We learned about how speeding and reckless driving endangers lives and watched videos of people who had lost loved ones in accidents caused by anti–social driving.

Interactive Distractions: in the Brake Reaction Test pupils found out how quickly they can stop when a hazard presents itself in the road. There was a competition between all attendees from 3 schools and the winner was Rye Hills Academy student Jack Martin. His winning time was 0.43 of a second and he won some vouchers.

Restraints: The importance of wearing a seatbelt, there was no doubt about it, wearing a seatbelt saves lives.

Mechanics of Injury: We found out exactly what happens to your body when you are in a collision and we learned some basic CPR.  

Drugs & Alcohol: The dangers of getting behind the wheel under the influence of drugs and alcohol or being a passenger in a car if the driver is intoxicated.

During the course of the day the press were there taking photos and Ethan Haw and Head Boy Ryan Wold were interviewed for BBC Tees Radio and a local news channel.

Lunch was provided by MFC and pupils were allowed to sit in the executive boxes as well as go outside to view the pitch.

You can find out more information about Durham Police Casualty Reduction events here.


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