Students get lessons in road safety
8:02am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
STUDENTS in Ystad Mynach have taken part in a project to address the problem of young drivers being involved in road crashes.
Around 150 Coleg y Cymoedd students took part in the Mega Drive project earlier this month, which is an initiative led by Caerphilly council’s Road Safety Team and supported by partners including South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, DAYS drug and alcohol support, the Red Cross and advanced driving instructors.
The project is supported by funding from the Welsh Government’s Regional Transport Consortia Grant.
The Mega Drive project is aimed at young people who will be learning to drive over the next few months but do not have any driving experience, and gives students the opportunity to drive around a special course accompanied by an advanced driving instructor.
In most cases this gives students their first taste of what it is like to be behind the wheel of a car.
Participating students are also given valuable information on driving related topics including hazard awareness, crash causation, effects and consequences of drink and drugs, buying a new or second hand car, and what to do at the scene of a crash.
Cllr Tom Williams, Caerphilly council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering, said: “The Mega Drive scheme was originally set up in Gwent in 1995 to address the very serious problem of young drivers being involved in a disproportionate number of road crashes, largely due to inexperience.
“The Mega Drive project has been successful in engaging with these young drivers and arming them with the knowledge they need to stay safe on the road.”
Sandra Butcher, a teacher at Coleg y Cymoedd, said: “This project is extremely popular with the students, and they’ve all been really enthusiastic about being a part of the programme. The Mega Drive project has been a great way for these young people to learn about road safety.”
For further details about the Mega Drive programme, contact the Road Safety Team on 01495 235402.
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