Carrickfergus Grammar School were the lucky winners of the New Driver NI £1000 school draw!
The lucky school picked up the cash prize after booking the Safe Motoring presentation for their year 13 and 14 students. Teacher, Lisa Best, also received £250 as a thank-you for booking the presentation.
Since September 2021, over 90 schools across NI have booked the Safe Motoring presentation, covering topics including; the theory and practical test, buying a car, insurance, staying safe on the road, and finally, the students are asked to sign the New Driver NI Safe Motoring Pledge in association with Share the Road to Zero. The Safe Motoring Pledge is sponsored by CRASH Services, NI’s leading Accident Management company, and JMK Solicitors, NI’s Number 1 Personal Injury Solicitors, who both support the promotion of road safety and new driver education across NI.
For this academic year more than 1,940 NI students have signed up to the pledge, committing to safe motoring by; respecting the speed limit, never using mobile devices while driving, never ever driving under the influence of drink or drugs, always wearing a seat belt and being aware that driving when tired can kill.
Emma Duffy, New Driver NI Special Projects Officer, commented “I was delighted to present Lisa Best and Carrickfergus Grammar School with their prizes. It is fantastic that so many schools throughout Northern Ireland are committed to educating their students on getting on the road and staying safe once there. We are looking forward to the next academic year and hoping to reach even more schools and students to help create a community of safe drivers.”
Paul Cooney, Fleet and Repair Director at CRASH Services said, “We are delighted to support the New Driver Safety Ambassadors. As an accident management company, we feel there is a real importance to educating young people on the importance of safe motoring as they progress into driving for the first time. The advice and support that New Driver provides is excellent for those learning to drive and for those in their first few years on the road.”
Maurece Hutchinson, Managing Director at JMK Solicitors said, “We are delighted to support the New Driver Safety Ambassadors with their work in helping to educate new drivers. As a legal firm specialising in personal injury cases, many of which are a result of road traffic accidents, we recognise the important role the New Driver Safety Ambassadors
play in helping to nurture young people on their journey from getting started, right through to tips and advice for their vehicles, scenarios, and weather conditions.”
New Driver NI is a community interest company that aims to educate all new drivers and passengers on making good motoring decisions, to create a community of safe drivers. They provide year 13 and 14 students across NI with a magazine packed full of useful information to help them get on the road safely and stay safe once there. They offer a tailored presentation to schools to encourage good road habits, during which they invite the students to sign up to the Safe Motoring pledge.
The programme is completely FREE for schools as funding is provided by DFI Road Safety Grant Scheme, six local PCSPs’, and corporate sponsors including, CRASH Services, JMK Solicitors, Hankook Tyres, AB&C Insurance, DriveTech UK and Charles Hurst.
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