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Monday 15th November 2010

Prince Michael Award for RoSPA's young driver project

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its Young Drivers at Work Project.

The Prince Michael Awards recognise achievements in road safety and are presented annually to the most outstanding examples of innovation in the field across the world.

RoSPA’s project, carried out between 2008 and 2010, began with a study to develop a better understanding of the risks faced and created by drivers aged 17 - 24 while they are at work.

RoSPA used the findings to develop a Young Drivers at Work Workshop, in which employees discuss their experiences of driving for work and reflect on personal tendencies and assumptions that affect safety.

Participants then suggest strategies to improve their safety and talk about what support their employers could give them.

Presenting the award, David Jamieson, former road safety minister and RoadSafe board member, said: “Well researched programmes like RoSPA’s thoroughly deserve the recognition these awards give.

“Young drivers are one of the highest risk groups on our roads. Working with them to develop strategies that address the underlying causes of crashes is essential to improving safety. All businesses should adopt this approach.”

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “RoSPA is immensely proud that their dedication, and the commitment of our project partners, has been recognised through such a prestigious award.

“We hope that many employers and young drivers will benefit from the freely-available workshop resources, which can now, quite rightly, be described as ‘award-winning’.”

Click here to access an online toolkit provided by RoSPA.

Or for more information contact Jo Bullock / Vicky Fraser on 0121 248 2131/2045.

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