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Free road safety courses for Flintshire residents

Published: 15/07/2015

Flintshire County Council is promoting three free road safety courses for residents of all ages in the county. The Older Driver Programme gives practical driving assessments, advice and information to qualified drivers aged 65 and over. It aims to keep older drivers on the road, safer for longer whilst ensuring the safety of all other road users. The driving assessment can last up to a maximum of two hours and is carried out by specially trained Approved Driving Instructors. Pass Plus Cymru is a scheme for drivers between the ages of 17-25 who live in Wales. It provides recently qualified drivers with valuable additional driving experience and information on how to deal with a wide range of road and traffic situations they may not have encountered whilst learning to drive. It is split into two parts, a classroom discussion forum and on road practical training on different roads and weather conditions. The classroom session covers guidance on mobile phone usage, drug and drink driving, and the consequences of getting it wrong. The third course Bikesafe is for motorcyclists and powered two wheeler riders and aims to reduce casualties in this high risk group.The scheme is available for residents and those who live outside the local area who regularly ride in Wales. Four BikeSafe workshops, four First Bike on the Scene courses and four ScooterSafe sessions are planned. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet member for Environment said: I encourage people to take advantage of this range of courses which are on offer which will help improve road safety in our county. We hope they will encourage a change in behaviour and road safety awareness for road users of all ages. Further information is available from the Councils Road Safety team on 01352 704529 or from the following web sites: Older driver assessments - www.flintshire.gov.uk Pass Plus Cymru - www.dragondriver.com Bikesafe - www.bikesafe.co.uk


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