YOUNG DRIVERS received a surprise visitor, whilst learning about safer driving techniques this weekend.
Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) called into the Excelerate programme at County Hall on Saturday, to see first-hand how newly qualified drivers were benefitting from their free training.
The scheme, co-ordinated by Durham County Council, delivers training on behalf of the County Durham and Darlington Road Safety Partnership. Young people up to the age of 25 can enrol on the course after they have passed their driving test.
PCC Ron Hogg funds the Excelerate programme and lent his support to the free voucher scheme, which was launched last month. He said: “Young people have a real opportunity to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about road safety.
“I’ve enjoyed meeting each of them this weekend, and would like to congratulate them for showing a sensible approach to their driving. I fully encourage all new young drivers, and their parents, to download the voucher and enrol on the free course.”
John Reed, head of Technical Services at Durham County Council said: “Research shows us that, despite only holding nine per cent of all driving licences, young drivers are involved in 40 per cent of fatal collisions on our roads.
“Our Excelerate programme has proved very popular among young drivers in the local area. The course focuses on the three main kinds of crashes involving young drivers and works with them to help them protect themselves and others when they’re behind the wheel.
“It is pleasing to have the support of Mr Hogg in this initiative and we hope that more younger drivers also chose to take up this free training.”
The vouchers, which have no expiry date, are also available from a number of outlets throughout County Durham and Darlington.
For more information, and to download a voucher, visit www.exceleratedurham.com or www.durham.gov.uk/roadsafety.
Notes to editors (photograph L-R):
Ray Glendinning (Driver trainer), Ben Armstrong (young driver), Laura Metcalfe (young driver), Gavin Riddle (Driver trainer), Ben Summerill (young driver), Samantha Downes (young driver), Ron Hogg (Police and Crime Commissioner)
Posted on Tuesday 23rd February 2016