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Young Farmers Club Road Safety session

Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety Unit were recently invited by the Young Farmers Club of Dyffryn Nantlle to hold a session on various road safety issues. As Gwynedd Council is constantly working to see a reduction in the number of young drivers / passengers killed and seriously injured on their roads this was a perfect opportunity. As it is a fact that young drivers are disproportionally at risk of being killed or seriously injured on the roads and are the most at-risk 17-25 age group. They make up a percentage of 11% of driving licence holders but 20% of casualties in 2011. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision during the first 6 months after passing their test due to:

  • Lack of experience
  • Carrying passengers
  • Driving during the hours of darkness
  • Peer Pressure

 

The Road Safety Unit at Gwynedd Council decided to hold talks on attending Pass Plus Cymru which offers drivers:

  • Motorway driving
  • The opportunity to improve their driving techniques and hazard awareness
  • Driving at night
  • Coping with hazards in busy towns and cities
  • Driving on rural roads
  • Better driving skills
  • More chance of lower insurance
  • Less chance of a collision or injuring yourself, friends and others

 

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member who leads on road safety said:

“As well as reducing the risk of a young driver being involved in a crash, taking part in the Pass Plus Cymru scheme will also allow participants to save money on car insurance. It is a brilliant scheme and we would encourage young drivers to take advantage of it.

All members who attended noted that they had enjoyed the evening and had gained valuable knowledge with some members seriously considering attending the Pass Plus scheme.”

PHOTOGRAPH: Members of Dyffryn Nantlle Young Farmers.