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DFI Minister Chris Hazzard attends New Driver Safety Ambassador Safe Motoring presentation in Our Lady & St. Patrick’s College, Knock.
The New Driver Safety Ambassadors programme is part funded by a Road Safety Grant from the Department For Infrastructure and they were delighted to present to all the year 13 & 14 students at the college with Minister Hazzard in attendance. Before the presentation began, Minister Hazzard spoke about the main cause of road traffic collisions and that 95% of them were down to human error. New Driver Safety Ambassadors is currently running a programme to visit post 16 schools throughout Northern Ireland to inform and advise young drivers on all things motoring including road safety.
> The presentation finishes with the students choosing to sign the Department For Infrastructure’s “Share the Road to Zero” pledge. New Driver Safety Ambassadors, which is a Community Interest Company, plans to complete over 100 presentations in schools throughout Northern Ireland during this academic year. By completing these presentations, New Driver hopes to empower young people both as drivers and passengers to have the courage to make sure they and the driver follow the very important safety rules whilst in a car:
> * Follow the rules of the Highway Code
> * Control your Speed and have the courage as a passenger to tell the driver to slow down if the driver is driving too fast.
> * Never Ever Drink and Drive or get into a car with someone under the influence of drink or drugs
> * Do not use your mobile whilst driving or do not distract the driver with your mobile as One Lapse can last a Lifetime.
> * Make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelt. No Seatbelt No Excuse
> Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said: “Road traffic collisions and their devastating consequences hit right at the core of our communities. Too often, people take a risk and make the wrong choice as they use the road; such as speeding, drink or drug driving, allowing ourselves to be distracted or not wearing a seatbelt. Sadly, young people continue to be most at risk group.”
> “Educating young people and influencing attitudes and behaviours towards road safety is vital. This programme aims to instil good road user attitudes and behaviours in our students just as they are thinking about learning to drive. What is learnt and put into practice at a young age forms the basis of behaviour in later life.”
Thank you to the school staff and students and the Share the Road to Zero team for assisting with the organisation of this great event.