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Newent kids off the block to join online drive to boost road safety

| 23.03.16

  • Another 73 students complete online safer driving course
  • 41 schools, 1,862 sixth formers now registered for Drive iQ
  • One third of Year 12 – a fantastic reflection says Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Fire Chief says more must be done to keep novice drivers safe on the road

The latest graduates of the county’s ground-breaking online safe driving programme received their certificates today.

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Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Officer Stewart Edgar made the presentations at a special sixth form assembly.

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73 year-12 students aged 16-17 successfully completed the Gloucestershire version of the Drive iQ safer driving course at Newent Community School.

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Safe and social driving and Helping young people become responsible adults are two of the PCC’s priorities.

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Mr. Surl said,

“There are now 41 schools and colleges engaged in Drive iQ Gloucestershire and a total of 1,862 students registered. That amounts to a third of the Year 12 population and is a fantastic reflection of how the programme has taken off.

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“The biggest threat to young people is in a car. I’m pleased they not only recognise that, but that they are also taking advantage of the opportunity Drive iQ offers for better training”.

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Both Mr Surl and Mr. Edgar told the students how their own children were involved in car crashes and were lucky to escape without being seriously injured.

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Mr. Edgar said,

“All of these young people will more than likely find themselves behind the wheel of a vehicle before very long and we must do all we can to help protect them when they are at their most vulnerable.

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“Drive iQ is a well-researched and dynamic education online platform specifically designed for novice and newly-qualified drivers”. 

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