Young driver project gets funding for 1,000 places

Young driver project gets funding for 1,000 places

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has announced funding for an additional 1,000 places on a young driver safety scheme.
 

The Under 17 Car Club's Pathfinder Project is open to young people aged from 11 years old, giving them the opportunity to get behind the wheel in a safe environment.

Over five days, Pathfinder students learn about and practise basic driving skills including car control, braking and manoeuvring, as well as road safety theory, speed awareness and dealing with peer pressure. Students are able to drive a range of vehicles, helping them to gain an appreciation of how other cars perform and how other motorists may act on the road.

The latest funding means that the scheme, which was established in 2008, will now be made available in three key locations twice each year (at Easter and October half-term). Those locations are near Worcester, Telford and Hereford.

Campion said: "Around a third of the crashes on our roads involve young drivers. This is clearly too high and needs a new approach. Pathfinder has shown the improvements that can be made and I'm pleased to be extending the project in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.

"Clearly my first priority is simply to keep everyone safe on our roads, prevent accidents ever happening and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured behind the wheel. However, this project is also a sound financial investment as well. Road accidents incur massive costs for our public and emergency services. If this project can prevent just one serious accident it will have paid for itself multiple times over by reducing demand on our police and NHS, and potentially our courts, probation or prison services as well."

What do you think? Is it a good idea to let under-17s learn to drive?


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Posted 20 April 2017 by Jodie Salter

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