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Pupils to get early lessons in safe driving

Tuesday, 16th March 2010.

Youngsters at schools and sixth forms across Suffolk will be getting a lesson on road safety from the police.

Officers from Bury St Edmunds Roads Policing Unit visited RAF Honington in November last year to deliver an interactive presentation for new recruits on the subject of drink and drug driving and general road safety.

Now officers from Suffolk’s roads policing units have decided to take the idea, named DriveWise, around schools and sixth forms in Suffolk, targeting year 11 and sixth form pupils.

DriveWise lasts up to an hour-and-a-half and will also be attended by a member of the fire service and a PCSO linked to the school involved by the Safer School Scheme.

The session includes DVDs, information slides and interactive voting questions, using equipment similar to that used by the audience in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

This will enable the young people to give their opinions on issues concerning road safety and the delivery of road safety messages.

At each session students will be able to take part in a prize raffle to win an Ipod shuffle.

They will also be entered into a prize draw where
they can win £100 worth of vouchers for motoring accessories or to be put towards driving lessons or a pass plus course, depending on the preference of the winning student.

Chief Inspector Mike Bacon of the Roads Policing Unit said: “The road safety presentations have proved to be an excellent educational tool in the past and we felt it was something that would be ideal to take into schools.

"Many of the pupils we are targeting will be learning to drive in the next few years and I am hopeful that this presentation will help the road safety messages hit home.

“The number of young people who are killed or seriously injured on the roads is a real concern and is an alarming trend that is reflected regionally and nationally.

"Last year in Suffolk there were 14 fatalities
in the 16 to 24 years age group, the highest in the last four years. DriveWise gives us the opportunity to pass the road safety message onto young people.”

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