The old and young to be discussed at road safety conference

Conference on finding answers to age-old challenges will be held by RoSPA this week to discuss road safety for the very young and those of advancing years.

Keeping young and older drivers safe on the road will be the key theme at a conference by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The “Finding Solutions to Age-Old Challenges” conference will address risks associated with young and older drivers, at-work drivers and rural safety. It will also look at partnership working, education, evidence and evaluation, motorcycle safety and travel programmes.

Among the speakers is Mark Bennett, European senior technical and training manager at Britax, discussing advanced high-back booster seat safety. Nick Lloyd, RoSPA’s road safety manager, will also speak about young drivers, while Christina Brown, the safety charity’s road safety research and evaluation officer, will reveal the results of a 12-month study into young drivers.

Other guests include Craig Shawcroft, watch manager at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Anna Burgin, road safety officer at Derbyshire County Council, who will explain how to deliver young driver and passenger education through partnership working. There will also be guidance from a range of road safety experts and case studies on age-related challenges.

This year, the event will offer a new track focusing specifically on the management of work-related road safety, as well as the launch of two new road safety resources. Melvyn Hodgetts, champion programme manager for Driving for Better Business, will launch a new free online Fleet Safety Benchmarking tool to help employers measure their at-work road safety performance against other organisations, while Claire Robson, of Public Health England, will reveal a new guide to help schools promote safe active travel for children.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said: “This year’s seminar will have a focus on improving the safety of young and older drivers on the roads.

“Young drivers are more likely to be involved in road accidents than experienced drivers and sadly, they account for about 20 per cent of all road deaths. While older drivers tend to be safer and more considerate drivers, their health and fitness often begins to decline which can affect their driving.

“This conference will be a chance for road safety professionals to come together and find solutions for age-old challenges.”

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