An innovative campaign has been launched which will see over 10,000 young people in over 100 Northern Ireland Schools sign a road safety pledge this academic year.
New Driver Safety Ambassadors visit sixth forms in schools each year to deliver safe motoring presentations. Their aim is educate all new drivers and passengers on making good motoring decisions. The presentations cover learning to drive, buying a car, insurance, looking after your vehicle and road safety. All participants are given a free New Driver magazine too.
Students are asked to sign the New Driver pledge which includes the following 5 rules.
- Respect the Speed Limit
- No Mobile While Mobile!
- Never Drive When Tired.
- Not a Drop, Not a Drag!
- Belt Up, Front & Back!
Stephen Savage, Project Manager at New Driver Safety Ambassadors commented “The programme has been run for over four years now and is growing each year. Feedback from schools teachers and students is very positive. Making the pledge is a commitment to being as safe as possible on the roads.
“Too many young people are still losing their lives or being seriously injured on the roads across Northern Ireland. We want to see these figures reduce every year. We have set an ambitious target to get 10,000 pledges this year and we have made a good start since September.
The programme is completely free for schools as funding is provided by corporate sponsors including Charles Hurst First Time Buyer Centre, CRASH Services, Hankook Tyres, AB&C Insurance and JMK Solicitors. The Department for Infrastructure and some Policing and Community Safety partnerships also provide support.
To make a school booking please contact Stephen Savage on 07793 198100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.