Croydon teenagers learn from real life car crash stories

4 March 2016

Croydon Safe Drive Stay Alive eventLondon Ambulance Service shared real life experiences from car crashes with Croydon teenagers to show the dangers of driving carelessly at events this week.

Paramedics spoke frankly with young people about incidents where people suffered serious injuries or even died as a result of speeding and drink-driving at the Safe Drive Stay Alive event organised by Croydon Borough Council.

Assistant Director of Operations Lucas Hawkes-Frost, who attended the workshops at Fairfield Halls, said: "Throughout my career, I have attended road traffic collisions in which young people have sustained life-changing injuries or sadly died.

"It’s a sad fact that some of these incidents were caused by young people not respecting the roads and we hope events like this one will hammer home the very real consequences of even a moment’s carelessness.

"We were touched by the stories of those who have been through such loss and are now using their tragic experiences to try and prevent the same thing from happening to others."

Year 12 and 13 students from Croydon College, John Ruskin College, Archbishop Tenison Sixth Form and Crystal Palace Football Academy learned from heart-breaking stories why it’s important to be responsible on the roads.

Other speakers included a survivor, now a wheelchair user and bereaved parent, after a serious car crash, fire-fighters and police officers.

The Worshipful Mayor of Croydon Patricia Hay-Justice and Cllr Robert Canning joined SDSA events on Wednesday 2 March.

This year, 18 London boroughs have taken part in Safe Drive Stay Alive events and last year 16,095 teenagers participated in these events.


  • The Safe Drive Stay Alive London initiative is led by the London borough Road Safety Officers in partnership with TfL and the Emergency Services; London Ambulance Service (LAS); London Fire Brigade (LFB); and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).