POLICE are calling on driving instructors to help young drivers stay safer on Warwickshire roads.
Warwickshire Police is asking for up to 75 driving instructors to join officers in reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in road accidents.
Last year four young people were killed, 66 seriously injured and over 260 suffered minor injuries on the county’s roads.
Statistics suggest the majority of those killed and seriously injured, in cases involving new and young drivers, were not a result of poor driving but because of a lack of decision-making skills and understanding of the dangers faced when driving.
A new project known as ‘The Honest Truth’ aims to enable new drivers confidence to make decisions, to challenge dangerous behaviour by passengers and make other changes necessary to stay safe.
Although instructors are under pressure from learners to get them through their tests as quickly and cheaply as possible, the project hopes vital road safety education can be taught effectively, in just a few minutes per lesson.
Insp 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.”
Instructors will receive one year’s membership subscription to The Honest Truth including access to online training, materials and videos.
They will be also be added to a list of approved driving instructors on the project website, allowed use of the logo and will receive a member sticker for their car.
Project head Annette Lloyd added: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded funding to deliver our road safety project to young drivers and are now asking driving instructors across Warwickshire to get involved in the project.
“The road safety guidance we provide is simple to use and easy to deliver to their students. But, it could have an incredible impact long term on the safety of those young drivers.”
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