Gloucestershire PCC funds extra road safety lessons after accidents
11:16am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
EVERY young person in Gloucestershire is to have extra road safety education before they start driving, as part of a new initiative to cut the number of road accidents in the county.
Police and crime commissioner Martin Surl has approved a £120,000 grant to pay for a safe and social driving coordinator, who will deliver road safety education to both young and older road users - the two most acknowledged high-risk groups.
“I think it’s essential that every young person has a good understanding of what it takes to be a safe driver before they take to the roads,” said Mr Surl.
“Equally, I want older people to continue enjoying using the roads for as long as is safely possible, but also to have the support they need when they decide to give up driving and use other forms of transport.
“Having a dedicated road safety coordinator will help to deliver both these aims. Considering the tragic events earlier this month, when three people were killed in road accidents in the county in one weekend, we need to do as much as possible to make Gloucestershire’s roads safer for all.”
The safe and social driving coordinator, working under the management of Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Partnership (RSP), will also ensure that every young driver and their parents will be given access to the new Drive iQ online driving course.
In addition there are plans to organise a road safety academy to coordinate the training of all those who deliver road safety messages.
Heading the partnership, which involves around 30 organisations, is Gloucestershire’s chief fire officer Jon Hall.
“I’m delighted to have the capacity to broaden the work of the RSP, to delivering an even greater safety outcome in the context of the police and crime plan.”
The police and crime plan is PCC Martin Surl’s list of five priorities in the county, including safe and social driving.
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