Edinburgh Young Drivers hits home with sixth year pupils

Edinburgh Young Drivers

Edinburgh Young Drivers was held on Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th October, an event inviting every sixth year pupil to the Corn Exchange to improve their knowledge of road safety.

This year, over 2,100 pupils across 29 high schools in Edinburgh attended Edinburgh Young Drivers.

Gordon Dalyell, Partner in Digby Brown's Edinburgh office and Head of our Network Department, said: "There are too many avoidable road traffic collisions in and around Edinburgh and the sad truth is many of them involve young drivers.

“The reality is, Edinburgh Young Drivers will have prevented many accidents on the road and more than likely, saved lives.”

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Young Drivers at Risk on Scottish Road Infographic 2016

Edinburgh Young Drivers highlights dangers’ to sixth years

Laura Torrance was one of the guest speakers at the event and shared her life changing story. At the age of 16 in 1999, she was left with a spinal injury as the result of a road traffic accident.

A play by ‘Friends Disunited’, mock court by Digby Brown and a wreckage of a car on display also helped drive home the road safety message – and the consequences of crashes.

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Car wreckage from road accident at EYD 2016

There was a range of interactive activities available on the day to showcase road safety and demonstrate the impact of driver error. Activities included beer googles, reaction brake test and seatbelt slide.

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Edinburgh young drivers seatbelt test 2016

Digby Brown’s Mock Court at Edinburgh Young Drivers

Solicitors and staff from Digby Brown’s Edinburgh office took part in a mock court, presenting the consequences of a road traffic accident based on a real life case.

Who makes Edinburgh Young Drivers happen?

Edinburgh Young Drivers is organised by the Streets Ahead Partnership, involving Edinburgh City Council, transport providers and the emergency services.

Various exhibitors come along to the event including Spinal Injuries Scotland, Child Brain Injury Trust, Lothian Buses, Trams and Spokes. Digby Brown have supported the event for the last 4 years, part of our national work to support initiatives that seek to make our roads safer for everyone.