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Press Release - Media event invite
Posted on 28/10/2019

Exeter College students to be given eye-opening and inspirational road safety talk from social media influencer ARV Sgt Harry Tangye

When: Monday 4 November 2019, 1.30pm-3pm

Where: CCI building at Exeter College (directly opposite Exeter Central Station)

You are invited to attend a live special ‘Learn2Live’ road safety event featuring speakers from the emergency services and family members impacted by a fatal car crash.

Learn2Live is a campaign to raise awareness of road safety for young people and reaches around 12,000 sixth form students every year. It is based around a programme of live events for students throughout the autumn term each year – a time when young people are starting new colleges and embarking on new routines and activities. 

The live event combines a presentation developed in line with the latest academic research and road safety guidance, along with talks from guest speakers.

At the Exeter College event on 4 November, Sgt Harry Tangye - speaking at his last-ever Learn2Live event having been a speaker for 11 years - will give his account of attending the scene of a road traffic collision in 2008, at which 21-year-old Exeter College student Anna Not tragically died.

Anna’s mum, Ali Morrish, will also tell her own personal story of losing her daughter in the incident. Of her involvement in the Learn2Live campaign. Ali said:

"Following the tragic death of my daughter Anna in a road traffic accident in 2008, I wanted to do everything possible to try and make sure that other young people were educated in the dangers of drink driving so such tragedies could help be prevented. I came into contact with the Learn2Live programme shortly after and thought this unique way of presenting to thousands of young people was a fantastic opportunity to spread this important message. Since working with this amazing team, whilst my own personal loss still remains painful, I am at least relieved to see that the road safety message is being heard and responded to and that lives are being saved as a result."

Seventeen to 24 year olds are the most at risk age group of being involved in road traffic collisions; Learn2Live is focused on providing an insight into the consequences of risky and unsafe driving for both young drivers and their passengers.

Harry Tangye said:

"As a police officer specialising in Serious and Fatal Road Traffic Collisions, I soon realised the most effective way to help reduce collisions was not a speeding ticket, although there certainly is a place for that, but to get in at an early age and ensure those teenagers who were being driven about by peers, or have just started driving themselves, were taught the very real risks of driving a car.  Learn2Live does that.  It's interesting to watch students walk into an auditorium as though just about to watch a film, and see them leave with memorable expressions on their faces. Learn2Live presentations aim at changing the attitudes of young drivers from the beginning of their driving careers, empowering them to know their destiny is very much in their hands."

Three thousand students from Exeter College alone watch Learn2Live presentations each year and receive potentially life-saving messages. 

Megan Snell, Deputy Head of Student Experience at Exeter College said:

"We take the health, wellbeing and safety of our students very seriously and we ensure that all our learners have access to a holistic range of skills, information and experience to keep themselves well, safe and in control. Learn2Live is one of the resources we are proud to offer our learners, as it brings to the forefront the importance of not only being safe as drivers, but also being responsible passengers and good friends to each other."

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About Learn2Live

Learn2Live runs free events throughout Devon for around 12,000 sixth form students every autumn term. These events feature speakers from Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, South West Ambulance Service, Devon Air Ambulance, Highways England and local government. It is sponsored by Insurethebox, a telematics-based insurance company.

Evaluations have been conducted by the universities of Plymouth and Exeter to ensure that the intervention encourages positive behaviour change in the young audiences. Speakers often volunteer to present on their days off, and always for free.

Find out more about our partners on the website: www.learn-2-live.org.uk/

Notes to Editor

·       Ali Morrish and Harry Tangye, along with Exeter College and Learn2Live representatives will be available for interview after the event on 4 November (after 3pm).

·       It is important to both Anna’s family and to Learn2Live that the driver of the car Anna was in, is not named or discussed publicly. We would request your respect on this.

Please note parking is restricted at the college so if needed please ask Learn2Live in advance. All visitors to the college must sign into the CCI building reception.

 

Useful links

www.Twitter.com/Learn2Live2 

https://www.facebook.com/Learn2Liveuk/

Harry Tangye Twitter: @DC_ARVSgt

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue media contacts:

To arrange your press pass to this event, please contact

Ellie Banner-Ball 07538 677945   (Monday-Wednesday)

Rosalie Fairbairn 07970 628310  (Wednesday-Friday)


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