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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 12:41 GMT 13:41 UK
Driving DVD warns young motorists
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The DVD was launched with the reconstruction of a serious crash
A DVD reminding young motorists in north Wales about safe driving has been launched in a bid to cut the growing number of fatal crashes.

The North Wales Road Safety Group produced the disc after 13 of the 36 road deaths in north Wales in 2004 involved people aged between 17 and 25.

The DVD features interviews with a crash survivor, victims' relatives, police officers and a nurse.

The safety group said if the project saved one just life, it was worth it.

North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Gwynedd Council helped launch the DVD by reconstructing a serious crash in the road outside Coleg Meirion Dwyfor in Dolgellau.

You gather experience throughout the years and experience is the key to surviving driving
Heather Lynne Jones, North Wales Road Safety Group

The casualties were played by drama students from the tertiary college, and Year 11 pupils from schools in the town were invited to see the emergency services in action.

As well as 17 to 25-year-olds accounting for 36% of road deaths in north Wales last year, 30% of all serious collisions also involved this age group.

Nia Evans, 22, from Llanbedr, was seriously injured in a crash in 2002, which killed her fiance.

She tells her story on the DVD, along with Alun and Ann Thomas, whose son Dafydd died in a collision on Anglesey in 2004.

Heather Lynne Jones, of the North Wales Road Safety Group, said: "It doesn't matter that you have passed your test and have a qualification to drive a car, you are still learning.

"You gather experience throughout the years and experience is the key to surviving driving.

"We want young people to drive within their capabilities and experience," Ms Jones added.

"Even if they remember a portion of the DVD and check the way they are driving, that will be ok.

"If we save one life, it will all be worthwhile."

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