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Police Commissioner to fund online learning toolkit for young drivers

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is to fund an online learning toolkit for young drivers to help reduce the number of young people involved in incidents and crashes on the roads.

Drive iQ provides young people with a virtual experience of different driving situations they may find themselves in, preparing them to become better and safer drivers once they have passed their test.

The programme has been made possible thanks to a £67,000 grant from the Road Safety Casualty Reduction and Support Fund, and will be delivered to schools and colleges across the county by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said:

 “I am delighted to be able to fund this initiative. With young drivers being a particularly high risk group, Drive iQ will allow us to engage with young people from the start, preparing them for the potential challenges they may face whilst driving. It’s a good way to influence attitudes towards driving in a classroom environment and should arm our young drivers with everything they need to know to stay safe on the roads.”

Matt Staton, Road Safety Education Team Leader from Cambridgeshire County Council said: “This web-based learning programme will help us educate young people into how to keep both themselves and others safe while driving. Much of driving is learned with experience on the road and Drive iQ gives young people a chance to gain some of this experience before they get behind the wheel. We will be launching the programme in June and inviting all schools and colleges to sign up for the autumn term.”