A GROUP of new and learner drivers are hoping to be safer behind
the wheel after completing a course at Bury Fire Station.
It was the second Safe Young Drivers (SYD) scheme to take place
in the borough, organised by Firefighter Paul Simpson from
Ramsbottom Fire Station.
The free course is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 or above
- whether they are new or learner drivers, or passengers - to raise
awareness of the consequences of dangerous driving, such as
distraction, speeding and texting while driving.
Throughout October, the group were given demonstrations and
presentations from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS), North West Ambulance Service, Greater Manchester Police,
RAC, Institute of Advanced Motorists and L Plates Driving
Various sports and vintage cars were on display in the fire
station and the youngsters had chance to practise their skills and
hazard perception in the GMFRS driving simulator.
Will Roberts and Jack O'Field each won fire hours of driving
lessons in the free prize draw.
Firefighter Paul Simpson said: "Too many young people have been
killed or injured on our roads and this is often due to the driver
being distracted - listening to loud music, showing off to their
friends, texting or using their mobile phones, drinking or using
drugs while driving.
"Working with other emergency services, motoring agencies and a
local driving school, we hope that the course will influence young
people to have a safe attitude towards driving and make the right
decisions before they get behind the wheel."
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton said: "It's great to reach out to young
people and teach them about the harsh realities of what can happen
on the roads if you don't fully pay attention to what you're
"GMFRS' Road Safety Strategy targets new and young drivers who
are statistically more at risk of being involved in a road traffic
collision in their first year of having passed their test."
Paul added: "I'd like to thank The Vintage Car Club, Ford,
Citroen, Toyota and Porsche Groups, Rolls Royce Group,
L Plates Driving School, Bury Council Road Safety Unit,
Institute Of Advanced Motorist, Ace Motor Bike School, GMP and the
"We are hoping to run a similar course next year."