FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are running a free driving course for young people at Ramsbottom Fire Station.
The Safe Young Drivers (SYD) scheme is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 â€“ whether they are new or learner drivers, or passengers â€“ to raise awareness of the consequences of dangerous driving, such as distraction, speeding and texting while driving.
All those who complete the course will be in with a chance of winning free driving lessons provided by a local driving school.
The sessions take place on the evenings of Monday, October 27 and Tuesday October, 28, 2014 at the fire station in Stubbins Lane.
Course organiser and Firefighter Paul Simpson, from Ramsbottom Fire Station, said: â€œToo many young people have been killed or injured on our roads and this is often due to the driver being distracted â€“ listening to loud music, showing off to their friends, texting or using their mobile phones, drinking or using drugs while driving.
â€œWorking with our partner agencies, including Bury Councilâ€™s Road Safety Unit, 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 when they get behind the wheel.â€
Places are limited so anyone interested in taking part should get in touch with Paul as soon as possible by emailing [email protected] or calling 0161 909 0303.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: â€œIt'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 doing.
â€œGMFRS' 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.â€