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One thousand motorists sign up for new scheme


To sign up for a course visit www.roadsmart.org

More than one thousand people have already signed up to take part in a new road safety scheme being run by Avon and Somerset Police.

The Road Smart scheme offers free driving awareness sessions to all drivers in the Avon and Somerset force area.

The initiative, which has been specially created for Avon and Somerset Police, started on 28 April and sessions will be held at locations across the force area over the next 12 months.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “To hear that over one thousand motorists have taken the time to sign up to the road safety scheme is really promising. It speaks volumes that drivers of all ages are taking personal responsibility to improve their road safety awareness.

“I hope in seeing how well received the scheme has been it will encourage other motorists to find out more about a Road Smart session in their area. In developing our awareness as motorists we can ensure that the roads in Avon and Somerset are a safer place for all who use them.”

Supt Ian Smith said: “Many crashes are caused by human error and one of the key aims of the scheme is to increase drivers’ awareness of the potential hazards to look out for on the roads to help increase their safety.

“The sessions are open to motorists of any age but we are particularly keen to encourage young drivers aged between 17 and 24 to sign up since around a third of all serious collisions in our area involve this age group.

“We would encourage all drivers to sign up to a session and to encourage their friends and relatives to do the same. This is a fantastic opportunity to benefit from a free course that could be a life-saving opportunity.”

Two versions of the session have been created, one for young drivers (aged 17 to 24) and one for other drivers. Sessions are being held at venues in Filton, Taunton, Yeovilton, south Bristol, Tormarton, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

To see the full range of dates currently available or to sign up to a course go to www.roadsmart.org

Posted on Thursday 15th May 2014
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