and backed by the government and Driving Standards Agency, is aiming to cut
down on the number of accidents caused by newly-qualified drivers.
driving test. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has teamed up with local approved
driving instructors to promote the campaign which will run for the next year.
Driving instructors who are pass plus registered will give the lessons, some are
offering them at a reduced rate and some a free taster lesson. When the six lessons
are completed then the drivers name will be put forward for a draw which will be
held in May 2003. To encourage young drivers to take part there are prizes such as
skid pan training, insurance for a year, a set of tyres and a pre paid mobile phone
are all up for grabs.
'I hope this campaign is a success. Last year in the East Riding drivers under 21
were involved in 15% of accident deaths. The extra skills and knowledge gained by
having more specialist lessons will not only make young people better and more
responsible drivers - it could save their life!
'If this campaign saves one life and avoids the pain and suffering of loved ones we
will have achieved something,' said Annette Bloomfield, engineer of strategies and
studies for East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The course includes lessons on driving in all weathers, at night time, on the
motorway and in town. Once pupils have completed the course to their instructors
satisfaction they will receive a certificate from the Driving Standards Agency.
New drivers are being encouraged to take part in the scheme as they are involved in
29% of all accidents yet account for only 10% of licence holders. Last year in the
East Riding one third of the people who died as a result of road traffic accidents
were people aged 17-25 years. One of the main benefits of taking the extra lessons
is that new drivers may then be eligible for lower car insurance.