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Initiative aimed at young drivers welcomed – Boylan

11 November, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin Road Safety spokesperson, Cathal Boylan MLA, has welcomed the announcement of an initiative to educate 16 year olds in safer driving habits.

Speaking today Mr Boylan said:

“As a party, we have been calling for a long time for better education at a younger age in relation to the driving of vehicles and road safety. The announcement of the ‘a2om BTEC in Driving Science’, which will be an academic qualification equivalent to a GCSE, being made available to schools in the North is a major step forward in this area.

“The course is designed to make those who take part in it better and safer drivers, so that when they eventually do pass their test they will be above the required standard, fully informed and with a full appreciation of road safety from the outset. The BTEC is also being recognised by insurance companies and those who undertake the course will be offered reduced rates.”

The Newry and Armagh MLA concluded;

“Sadly, figures show that the highest percentage of casualties on our roads, are among males in the 17 to 24 years of age bracket. Another major contributor is the mindset and attitude of drivers. Anything we can do to reduce death and serious injury on our roads must be explored and encouraged.

“I hope schools will actively look at bringing this course into their class rooms and encourage their students to take part in what could be an important part of their education both during and after their school life. They will be able to carry what they learn throughout their adult lives and hopefully become safer drivers which will benefit themselves and other road users.”

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