Road safety

Herefordshire students take ‘crash course’ in road safety

A HEREFORD road safety group held a week of workshops for young people in the county, giving them the chance to get behind the wheel and learn how to be safe drivers.

The ELY Memorial Fund – established in memory of Emma Louise Young who was killed in a collision in September 2010, runs a ‘Young Driver Experience’ course for 14-17 year olds in Herefordshire.

The course includes 2 hours of driving accompanied by a variety of workshops including basic car maintenance provided by the auto mechanics department, basic first aid on the road provided by Hereford First Aid and a demonstration effects of alcohol and drugs by Hereford Police.

Angela Tyler, who set up the ELY Memorial Fund, said: “It takes a split second to change someone’s life forever, when you’re driving.

“Nothing can prepare you for the news that a loved one has been involved in a fatal car accident.

“We need to make people realize how dangerous the roads can be, from an early age.”

Ms Tyler hopes the lessons can help promote road safety in schools and colleges across the county and give children the chance to become safer drivers.

She said: “We hope that by teaching the young people of the county we can raise a generation of drivers who are better equipped to drive safely, which will hopefully also encourage their older siblings and parents. ”