FIRE crews across Dorset are urging children to take part in road safety scheme.

Named 'Passenger Power', the lesson aims to empower young people to challenge risks to their personal safety as a passenger in a vehicle.

As part of its commitment to road safety, sustainable mobility specialist, Arval UK, has sponsored Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) to deliver lessons for secondary school students.

The first is a Key Stage 4 lesson aimed at 14-year-old Year 10 students - to act as a prelude to the fire service's flagship Safe Drive Stay Alive show.

It includes bespoke animations with stories based around the most common causes of death and serious injury in road traffic collisions, known as the Fatal Four - speed, mobile phones/distractions, drink and drugs and non-use of seatbelts.

A spokeswoman from DWFRS said: "This lesson explores brain development in adolescents, the part that peer pressure plays, and invites students to consider assertive ways to help keep themselves and their friends safe."

A spokeswoman from Arval UK said: "Developing an understanding of road safety starts from an early age."

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