Young driver roadshow set for Duns

PUPILS at Eyemouth High School aren’t the only ones to be given a lesson in safe driving, as the Scottish Borders Road Safety Working Group is hosting a series of young driver roadshows, with one at Berwickshire High.

This is part of an ongoing commitment to reducing the number of young drivers and passengers killed and seriously hurt on Borders roads.

One in five fatal or serious road crashes in the region involves a driver under the age of 25. In almost two thirds of these crashes the young driver is the primary cause of the crash. In a large number of these incidents there is no other vehicle involved and they are usually the result of loss of control by the young driver.

The roadshows, open to 17-25 year-olds, are part of a campaign aimed at raising young drivers’ awareness of the risk and responsibilities of driving a vehicle on the road. These young motorists will have the opportunity to develop their driving skills to make them better and safer drivers.

Inspector John Scott from the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Partnership said: “The young drivers events are a great opportunity for those that have recently passed their test to become safer and more skilled as drivers. This is crucial in the Borders where we have a vast network of rural roads where driving conditions constantly change.

“Every young driver pays high insurance premiums to get behind the wheel. This is because they are at greater risk of being involved in an accident. In partnership with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and John Cleland, our young drivers have the opportunity to learn new skills to drive safely with a greater awareness of dangers on the roads and build confidence in their driving ability. This course will be funded through sponsorship if you successfully pass, and this can significantly reduce car insurance costs.

“Many young drivers learn the hard way by being involved in a car crash and too many parents in the Borders see the consequences, which can last a lifetime.”