Zetland FM Local News - 26th September 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Monday 26th September 2016.
The distraught family of a local teenager killed in a car accident have backed a campaign to safeguard young drivers on north east roads.
The family of talented footballer Jordan Dowson from Guisborough have said they will never recover from his death and are supporting Road Safety GB North East as it launches its Young Driver campaign.
They will be at Middlesbrough College today, along with representatives from the police and the fire service, to talk to students in the hope that other families do not endure the pain they have suffered.
The latest statistics show that young people are four times more likely to be involved in a crash than other drivers, with the risk increasing when they have a car full of friends.
And whilst young drivers are not at fault for all collisions they are involved in, when they are responsible the main causes are failing to look properly, risk-taking, distraction, speeding, inexperience and driving while impaired by drink or drugs.
Whilst there has been a decrease in young driver accidents in recent years, nationally, after suicide, road traffic accidents are the main cause of death of young people.
In the past five years, 38 young drivers have been killed on roads in the north-east.
An RNLI volunteer from Redcar is joining colleagues from other parts of the UK and Ireland to take part in a week-long lifeboat crew exchange programme organised by the International Maritime Rescue Federation.
On Saturday Dave Scott, a volunteer helmsman at Redcar RNLI, travelled to the French lifeboat services' training centre in St Nazaire, on the Brittany coast, for a seven day exchange visit.
The exchange programme is designed to encourage volunteer crews from 13 lifeboat services in Europe and beyond to share experiences and knowledge, with the aim of improving maritime search and rescue responses and help to prevent loss of life in Europe's waters.
Each organisation operates its own training programme and the crew members will experience this training first hand over the course of the week, exposing them to new training content as well as the different styles and approach their hosts may use.
Dave will spend three days at sea on lifeboats and take part in a range of training exercises ranging from navigation to first aid and helicopter operations.
He will also give a talk to the other participants on the work of the RNLI and the Redcar lifeboat station in particular.
More than a thousand people have taken to the streets of Redcar at the weekend for the annual 34th Redcar Half Marathon.
Fun runners ran alongside serious athletes in yesterdays event which was organised by New Marske Harriers and Everyone Active.
Many of the runners were raising money for local and national charities, with members of the public lining the streets to cheer them on.
The overall winner of the half marathon was James Dunce from Tyne Bridge Harriers in a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 52 seconds.