Learn 2 Live

24 February 2010, 06:00 | Updated: 27 February 2010, 07:34

Students in North Devon have been brought face to face with people who have lost friends and family through irresponsible driving.

It's part of an initiative called Learn 2 Live, which aims to show young people the devastating affects of irresponsible driving, as 17-24 year olds are more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads than any other age group.

The event includes a film of a group of friends involved in a car accident, with real emergency staff on stage to give their stories.

The students also hear the stories of friends and family of people killed or injured in road accidents.

Pete Holcombe was driving too fast and had an accident which killed his friend in the passenger seat.  He said: "I can't change the past, I wish I could - I wish there was something I could do, and go back and have a word with myself and stop that from happening, but obviously that's not going to happen.  This is the second best thing."

To hear more from Pete, click here.

Scott Atkins is a firefighter and was called to a collision.  When he arrived, he discovered his friend in the car.  You can hear him here.

The event is also aimed at passengers, encouraging them to refuse to travel with someone driving irresponsibly.

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Amy said: "i am 16 and attended this event in barnstaple  .... it really hit home with the dangers there are out there on the roads and the stories we were told by the emergancy services and family members and friends were very emotional ... ill be learning to drive in the next few months and it will always be in my mind as i dont want to be in any of the situations as either the victim or family/friend of someone in an accident" (26/02/10)