60+ driver scheme launches in Newry

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
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60 plus Driver course flyerDrivers over 60 years of age in Newry, Mourne and Down Council area are set to benefit from an innovative course that aims to improve road safety. The initiative is designed to give 60+ drivers help and advice on how to avoid potential road collisions.
  The course is a mixture of theory and on road training. The course is being delivered by the Newry, Mourne and Down Road Safety committee, part of Road Safe NI (formerly known as The Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland).
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25th March 2017Speaking to Newry Times, Patricia O’Neill said, “The committee aims to run programmes for vulnerable road users. 60+ drivers are over represented in collision statistics, so we really wanted to deliver a project for this age group.
  “The course is free and open to residents in Newry, Mourne and Down area. However places are limited so early booking is essential.” The scheme includes a classroom based, two hour driver awareness session, which will be held in May, a one-to-one drive with an Approved Driving Instructor (90 minutes) and an optional follow-up on road session (60 minutes).
  Issues like driving on rural roads, dual carriageways and motorways will be covered as well as the main causation factors in collisions. The project is funded by the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).
  Councillor Brian Quinn, Chairperson of the PCSP, welcomed the initiative saying, “60+ Drivers continue to be one of the most at risk groups on the roads. We are delighted to be able to be working with the local Road Safety committee and would encourage drivers to take up the offer of a free place.”
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25th March 2017 Box AdvertIf you would like more information about the course, please contact Patricia O’Neill on 07990 940152 or email namrsc@gmail.com for a registration form.
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