What is Learn2Live and does it work?
Learn2Live is a true partnership; with representatives from Local Authority Road Safety Teams, Fire & Rescue Service, Police, Paramedics, Family Liaison Officers, Consultants as well as family speakers.
Since the first event took place on 12th March 2008 at the International Riviera Centre in Torquay, over 100,000 students and service personnel have seen L2L across Devon and Cornwall and have learnt how ‘…a moment’s madness really can lead to a lifetime of sadness’.
2000+ students watching Learn2Live at Plymouth Pavilions, Devon
You've seen a thousand crashes in films and on the TV and often characters in the story walk away with little more than a few scratches. The dreadful truth is that when it happens for real, someone important to your story - your life, might not walk away - they might never walk again; they might not come out of it alive.
And when that crash happens, the impact stretches far and wide, there are numerous agencies that are involved when it all goes wrong.
L2L targets young people as they are statistically one of the most at risk groups when it comes to road traffic collisions. We enable young people to understand specific risks and consider the consequences of their actions. By encouraging them to make small changes to their behaviours and developing their skills and awareness, they are then able to make sensible safe choices with regard to their safety when travelling on the roads.
According to research by the RAC Foundation, in 2014, 1 in 5 young drivers are involved in a collision within the first six months of passing their test.
We spend a lot of time engaging with sixth form students as:
- Young drivers (aged 17-24 years) are overrepresented in road collisions compared with other road users
- Young male drivers are more prone to being involved in collisions compared with young female drivers
- Speeding is a key contributory factor to collision involvement including exceeding the speed limit and driving too fast for the conditions
- Collisions involving young drivers are more likely to occur during night-time hours, on rural roads and involve a single vehicle, predominantly on Fridays and Saturdays
- Young drivers are often involved in collisions where they have failed ot cope with unexpected situations due to their inexperience.
- Young drivers are 50% more likely to crash in their first year
- Statistically the most dangerous seat in a vehicle is the front passenger seat. We call this the ‘Sacrificial seat’ and it is predominantly young females who suffer the consequences
- In 2012 approximately 31% of all KSI’s (Killed and Seriously Injured) collisions involved young people
The Main Presentation
The presentation is based on a short film, depicting the scene of a group of friends going out for a night, having a collision, the emergency services arrive, one of the friends is taken to hospital, where she dies from her injuries. Finally the family are informed by the Police Family Liaison Officer and true impact of a single collision is revealed.
As the different emergency services arrive, the film is paused and a member of that emergency service comes out on stage to tell of a collision they have attended. The stories they tell are real and told from their own personal point of view.
The final speakers are all (extra) ordinary people, who have had a member of their family killed or seriously injured in a collision. They speak of the collision and also of the effect it has had on them and their family. The very last speaker is someone who has either been the offending driver or a passenger within a road traffic collision.
The reason why L2L is so impactful is because students witness and understand the true impact of a single road traffic collision and the effect it has on all of those involved. We call this the ‘Ripple Effect’ – which is like throwing a pebble into a pond – the ripples extend far and wide.
Real people - Our speakers are remarkable individuals who relay their highly emotional and personal stories. They volunteer to do this so that you and your families do not have to suffer in the same way that they have.
Does it work?
Yes! Learn2LIve is continually being evaluated. To date academic research by the University of Exeter and Plymouth University have concluded that Learn2Live is helping to positively change the attitudes of young people towards driving.
"Learn2Live improves young people's, in particular you females, attitudes towards risky driving and intentions to behave safely as a passenger" (Weston et al, 2014)
Learn2Live has recently been evaluated by Dr Lauren Weston from Plymouth University as part of her Psychology PhD. The results of her study have shown that Learn2Live has a positive effect on students attitudes and behaviours to road safety. You can read more about her research here.
Learn2Live has also been evaluated by Dr Cris Burgess, University of Exeter and shown to be an effective road safety intervention. To read the full report please click here.