Figures show that in just one year 452 people were killed or seriously injured on the force’s roads and around one third of these were 17 to 24-year-olds.
To help reduce this figure Road Smart (a FREE driving awareness workshop) has been specially created on behalf of Avon and Somerset Police by the TTC Group – which educates more than 250,000 road users each year to reduce casualties nationwide.
Sessions are available at venues across the force area and aim to raise awareness of potential hazards on the roads and build on motorists’ existing driving knowledge and experience.
Superintendent Ian Smith said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to benefit from a free course that could be a lifesaving opportunity.
So far more than 2,000 people of all ages have signed up for the free Road Smart interactive sessions gaining among other things lifesaving skills and reductions on their car insurance premiums.
Insurance Choice, part of Markerstudy Group’s Retail division is able to offer significant discounts to young drivers who have attended a Road Smart session.
One attendee Jackie Thompson was the lucky winner of an IPAD after attending a session, which automatically entered her into a prize draw said; “I saw the Road Smart Course advertised in the Western Gazette and thought “Why not?” I have 30 years experience and have no doubt that I have picked up some bad habits along the way as well as becoming complacent with certain things. It was an opportunity to enhance my driving skills and the fact that it was free made it even more attractive”.
“I really enjoyed the course. The content was excellent and presented very well. I felt a little apprehensive about going as didn’t know what to expect but the instructor made you feel at ease straight away and didn’t make you feel uncomfortable if you were unsure of an answer”.
I felt the most useful parts of the course were the sections about speeding and distractions. I was unaware of the stopping speeds and that for the brain, distractions become primary and driving secondary. I have always known the importance of wearing seatbelts so that had a lessor impact but found the information about how long alcohol stays in the body, an eye opener.
I would recommend all drivers to attend this course regardless of age and experience and encourage people to do so. It doesn’t hurt to have a refresher to help save lives and it’s free!”
Alan Prosser, a director of the TTC Group, which runs road safety courses on behalf of police and councils across the UK, said they were working to reduce road deaths and injuries nationwide.
He said: “Road Smart is an important initiative aimed at improving road safety among young drivers who are far too often involved in road traffic collisions,”
“I am delighted to be working with Avon & Somerset Police in delivering this road safety initiative. This free to attend event is a real opportunity for young drivers to learn about some of the main risks faced by road users and develop a safe driving approach”.
There are two Road Smart courses available, one for 17-24 year olds and one for drivers aged 25 and over. The sessions are two hours long and are held in venues across the Avon & Somerset force area.
For more information visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/roadsmart and to book a place, go towww.roadsmart.org
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