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PASS PLUS AIMS TO CUT ROAD ACCIDENTS

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An innovative new scheme launched by East Riding of Yorkshire Council ...
An innovative new scheme launched by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

and backed by the government and Driving Standards Agency, is aiming to cut

down on the number of accidents caused by newly-qualified drivers.

Pass Plus is a series of six extra lessons which can be taken after passing the L

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.

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