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Wednesday 25th January 2012

'Tread' offers practical sessions for young drivers

Norfolk’s casualty reduction team has launched a new initiative for young drivers, designed to teach them how to stay safe on the road.

‘Tread’ offers drivers aged 17-25 years six practical and interactive workshops, including sessions in the road safety team’s skid car and the opportunity to learn useful things about their own car.

Other sessions cover winter driving, car maintenance, car modifications, potential distractions and how to handle pressure from passengers.

Alec Byrne, county councillor and chairman of the Casualty Reduction Partnership, said: "Over the last three years young drivers were involved in 36% of recorded accidents on Norfolk's roads, including over 300 crashes in which people were killed or seriously injured.

“But they don't want to be lectured about their driving, so Tread is focused on practical, interactive workshops that will help them become better, safer drivers without going through the harsh lessons of a crash.

“Overall, people are much safer on Norfolk's roads than they were. The number of people killed or seriously injured is half what it was 10 years ago. But people in the 17-25 age group are still involved too often, so Tread has been developed by the council's casualty reduction team, with the help of fire and rescue service and the police, to cut accidents and casualties among young drivers.”

For more information contact Iain Temperton on 01603 223348 or visit: www.facebook.com/treadsays

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