YOUNG people in the county will be taught about the importance of safe driving, in a bid to cut the number young people dying on the road.

Dying 2 Drive, run by the Hereford and Worcester Fire Service, is taking place at Peterchurch fire station until September 21.

The campaign targets current Year 10 and 11 students before they are old enough to drive a car.

Between 2013 and 2017, 42 people died in crashes involving young drivers in Herefordshire and more than 2,500 were injured.

Eleven fatalities alone occurred in the county in 2017 from crashes involving young drivers.

Watch Commander Pete Hope said: “Despite the intensive content of Dying 2 Drive, too many young drivers are still dying or suffering serious injuries on the county’s roads.

“Eleven people died last year on Herefordshire’s roads in cars driven by young drivers - almost double the number of deaths in 2016. We hope that all the high schools in Herefordshire will take advantage of this free opportunity to learn important lessons for life and reduce the chance of road deaths of pupils who are able to drive.”

The two hour session helps students understand the risks of speed and distractions through a crash reconstruction and practical workshops.