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Rookie drivers flock to course

A driving initiative which was set up to help cut the casualty rates among teenage motorists in Essex is doing the trick.

More rookie drivers than expected are turning up to learn about the hazards of the road on the Young Driver Scheme course held at Colchester's Earls Colne Business Park.

Tiptree resident and advanced motorist Mike Corbett co-ordinated the course and said: "It is going really well and every month we are seeing an increase in the number of people who are attending."

The joint initiative, set up by Mike, who is a member of the Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorists, Essex Police, and the Driving Instructors' Club of Essex, was set up last year to teach 15 and 16-year-olds the potential dangers of the road before they learn to drive for real.

It followed shocking statistics released by the police, which showed half of all fatalities caused on Essex roads are caused by drivers aged 17 to 24.

[Colchester Evening Gazette, 30th January 2006]

Police praise safety scheme

A scheme which was set up to cut the number of young driver fatalities has been hailed a success on its opening weekend.

The Young Driver Scheme (YDS), was launched by Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorist at Earls Colne last Sunday.

Dozens of 15 and 16-year olds were given lessons in road safety and awareness by members of the Driving Instructors Club of Essex on private land.

Police were also on hand to give out advice warning against drink and drug driving.

The Weekly News reported last month that the scheme was set up after alarming figures were released showing more than half of road fatalities were caused by 17 to 24-year-olds.

It is hoped the programme, which will run on the third Sunday of each month, will improve road safety among young drivers.

Insp. Keith Whiting of the Chelmsford Road Policing Unit said: "The first day of this scheme went extremely well and the initial response has been very encouraging.

"I understand from the organisers that more and more applications are being received every day. Most young people pick up basic skills fairly easily but actually learning to drive is much more complicated and this course will help do just that."

[Chelmsford Weekly News, 27th October 2005]

Concern on safety of young drivers

Casualty rates among young drivers in Essex are so high that an initiative has been set up to combat the problem.

Statistics show that half of the fatal or serious injury collisions in Essex are caused by drivers aged 17 to 24.

Now, in a bid to reduce the number, learner drivers will be able to go on a road safety course to warn them of the dangers of the highways and how best to keep out of trouble. The course was thought up by the Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorists.

Together with the county council's young driver working party, Essex Police and the Driving Instructors Club of Essex (DICE), the scheme will offer driving lessons and tips to young people before they learn to drive.

They will also be given the opportunity to learn about the dangers of drink-driving and driving while high on drugs.

The scheme, which is second only to one in Worcester which has already proved popular, is aimed primarily at 16-year-olds, but 15-year-olds will be allowed to join if vacancies become available.

Mike Corbett, of the Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorists, said: "For this first in Essex, we look forward to welcoming many young people on to a scheme that is designed to teach them the basic car control skills before they start on public roads.

"This will mean more attention can be given to developing their hazard awareness on public roads when they reach 17, and thereby make them better drivers."

The scheme will be running every third Sunday of the month on private land near Earls Colne Business Park, near Coggeshall.

[Chelmsford Weekly News, 22nd September 2005]

Young drivers

In a move aimed at helping reduce the appalling casualty rate amongst young drivers, the Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorists has forged a new partnership with other bodies to run special courses for youngsters.

Any young driver may apply to do 'Pass Plus' and to join the ranks of advanced motorist as soon as they have passed the driving test - so ensuring that the learning process is continuous. But there is very little to help "pre-drivers" - 15 and 16 year-olds - who want to get behind the wheel.

As part of the Essex County Council's Young Driver Working Party, the group have now formed partnerships with DICE (the Driving Instructors Club of Essex) and Essex Police, and are launching a new scheme that offers driving lessons to young people before they have reached the age where they are legally permitted to drive on a public road.

These lessons will be carried out on private land at the Earls Colne Business Park, near Coggeshall, and will provide young people with an ideal grounding in basic motoring skills before they are subjected to the hurly-burly of public roads. DOT Approved Driving Instructors from DICE will give lessons using driving school dual-controlled cars.

Called the 'Young Drivers Scheme', this programme is aimed, primarily, at 16 year-olds, but consideration will be given to 15 year-olds if vacancies permit. And those who sign on for lessons will be invited to attend talks given by Essex Police on the dangers of Drink and Drugs Driving, and aspects of better driving.

The group's Mike Corbett said: "This scheme is a 'first' in Essex and is designed to teach them basic car control skills before they start out on public roads.

"This will mean that more attention can be given to developing their 'Hazard Awareness' on public roads when they reach 17, and so make them better drivers."

[Essex Chronicle, 22nd September 2005]

Safety course to tackle young drivers' crashes

Casualty rates among young drivers in Essex are so high an initiative has been set up to combat the problem.

Statistics from police show half of fatal or serious injury accidents in Essex are caused by drivers aged 17 to 24.

In an effort to reduce the number, learner drivers will be able to go on a road safety course to learn the dangers on the roads and how best to keep out of trouble.

The course, which will take place once a month near Earls Colne Business Park, was the idea of the Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorists.

Together with the county council's young driver working party, Essex Police and the Driving Instructors Club of Essex, the scheme will offer driving lessons and tips to young people before they learn to drive.

They will also be given the chance to learn about the dangers of drink-driving and driving while on drugs.

The scheme, which is just the second in the country to be implemented, is aimed primarily at 16-year-olds but 15-year-olds will be allowed to join if vacancies become available.

Mike Corbett, of the Chelmsford and District Group of Advanced Motorists, said: "For this first in Essex, we look forward to welcoming young people on to a scheme that is designed to teach them the basic car control skills before they start on public roads."

The scheme will be running on the third Sunday of every month.

[Southend Evening Echo, 20th September 2005]

Chelmsford & District Group of Advanced MotoristsDriving Instructors Club of Essexin partnership withEssex PoliceEssex County Council