Police appeal to driving instructors to help reduce number of young deaths - The Redditch Standard

Police appeal to driving instructors to help reduce number of young deaths

Redditch Editorial 10th Nov, 2019   0

WARWICKSHIRE Police are appealing for up to 75 Approved Driving Instructors to join them to help reduce the number of young people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Four young people aged 17 to 25 were killed and 66 seriously injured on Warwickshire’s roads in the year 2018.

An additional 267 suffered slight injuries in road related incidents.

The scheme, funded by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe envisages the ‘Honest Truth’ Driving Instructors helping to cut this toll.

Police Inspector Jem Mountford said “Our younger drivers are over represented in our road casualty statistics and it is important we support innovative schemes like The Honest Truth to help reduce these numbers.

“We want to work with Approved Driving Instructors as they are in the unique position of reaching young drivers when they are in the learning state of mind.”

“We know that the majority of those killed and seriously injured involving new and young drivers aren’t as a result of poor driving skill.

“In other words, the mirror-signal-manoeuvre technical skills taught by driving instructors and required to pass a driving test aren’t so much of an issue as the lack of decision-making skills and understanding of the dangers faced by new drivers.

“The Honest Truth project helps to make young drivers aware of the risks when they start to drive alone.”

PCC Seccombe added “Working with Approved Driving Instructors provides a unique opportunity to reach new drivers at a key point in their driving career, when they are still learning and receptive to new information.

“Approved Driving Instructors can use The Honest Truth to provide a targeted road safety initiative to learner drivers during their lessons to help people stay safer.”

For more information on becoming an Honest Truth Approved Driving Instructor in Warwickshire email [email protected].


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