Newly-qualified young drivers get ‘Up to Speed’ with road safety messages

Road Safety experts uncover fall in young driver casualties

Young drivers are urged to get ‘Up To Speed’ with motorway driving lessons tomorrow at a special event in central Taunton.

Aimed at newly-qualified drivers, the event on Thursday (27 November) will run from 7pm until 8pm at 1 The Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4EA.

Those who take part can sign up for a free 90-minute motorway driving lesson with an approved instructor.

Road Safety experts at Somerset County Council have recently uncovered data pointing to a fall in the number of young driver casualties in the county.

Provisional data collected by the Council’s Road Safety team shows there has been a 14% drop in the number of young car drivers who lost their lives or were seriously injured in the 12 months to June 2014 (18 casualties), than in the 12 months to June 2013 (21 casualties).

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Road Safety policy, said: “Obviously one accident on our roads is one too many but sadly it is a risk all motorists need to be aware of.

“Until now unfortunately we have seen an upward trajectory in the number of accidents in which young car drivers have been killed or seriously injured.

“We have worked hard with schools and colleges to educate young drivers, and continue to urge all keen young drivers to take up any training on offer, so that they can arm themselves with as much knowledge and awareness as possible, before they get behind the wheel.”

To secure your place at Thursday’s talk and book a free 90-minute motorway driving awareness lesson, email your name and number to roadsafety@somerset.gov.uk or call the team on 01823 423430.