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Young drivers come face to face with crash aftermath

Thousands of young people in Greater Manchester will come face-to-face with the aftermath of a road traffic crash as part of a safety campaign.

'Safe Drive Stay Alive' uses real people, including emergency crews and the families of those killed in collisions, to tell their own personal stories of loss.

Safe Drive Campaign Credit: Granada Reports

Students from across Greater Manchester will attend one of 14 performances taking place at Middleton Arena. Nicola Pickering's daughter died in a car crash when she was just 16, the driver was on the phone at the time.

In the last 10 years (2003-2013), there were 232 young driver related deaths in Greater Manchester. This figure includes young people and people killed by a young driver.

The average cost of young driver collisions in 2011-2013 was more than £72 million per year, which accounts for a quarter of Greater Manchester’s casualty costs.

Remembering Mike's last motorbike ride.

A traffic police officer who lost his father in a motorbike collision has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of riding while tired.

Inspector Dave Mangan, from Lancashire police has created a short film about his father Mike's last ride.

Mike Mangan, who was 72 and from Bolton, died in September 2013 after hitting an oncoming vehicle while overtaking on a road in Somerset. Mike was on the last ten miles of a 320 mile journey. His family believes tiredness was a contributory factor in his death.

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Millions for safe cycling

On their bikes: Government hopes to make cyclists safer Credit: Press Association

The North West will get 15 million pounds of Government money to make cycling in our towns and cities safer.

The money will be used to improve the design and layout of roads at 78 locations across the country, with all schemes due for completion within the next 12 months.

The cash consists of a 20 million Government grant and 20 million from local authorities.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "Cycling is healthy and reduces congestion so it is welcome news that more and more people are taking to two wheels.

The schemes cover every English region apart from London

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Children given crash course in road safety

It's a frightening statistic five peple die on the roads every single day.

That's why pupils in Liverpool have been given a graphic demonstration of what it's like to be involved in car crash.

One of their classmates at Litherland High was cut out of the wreckage.

It comes just days after a 19 year old girl was sentenced after killing her best friend in a crash in Blackpool.

Merseyside fire crews are taking their campaign into schools to highlight the dangers to young drivers of the future.Our Correspondent Elaine Willcox was there.