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Learner Driver First To Pass New Driver Training Scheme
September 7, 2012
A learner driver from Wirral, Merseyside is the first teenager to graduate from a unique driver training scheme that's aimed at reducing deaths on the road.
The Merseyside driver training scheme, Engage has recently been launched to help educate learner drivers about road safety and the dangers associated with driving.
Learners are taught about peer pressure, fatigue, speeding, alcohol and drug use as well as the importance of using seatbelts.
Commenting on the initiative, Sergeant Paul Mountford from Merseyside Police said:
"When they go out on the roads for the first time after passing, new drivers have a lot to deal with and unfortunately one in five have a collision within the first six months."
Sergeant Mountford added that the "Engage scheme aims to reduce that risk by adding extra training about how to deal with real life hazards so that as well as learning how to pass their test, they also learn how to stay safe on the road."
Seventeen year old Emma, the teenage driver who passed the test told the press that since she'd passed the test she's able to read the road ahead far better and respond to potential hazards.
Emma encourages other learner driver insurance holders in the area to take part in Engage to help ensure they become better drivers once they pass.