The Bangor campus of South East Regional College (SERC), in association with CRASH Services, has launched a competition to find the ‘Best Young Driver’ as part of a major new initiative designed to improve road safety awareness, it was announced today (Tuesday 9th April 2013).
Catriona Fitzpatrick from CRASH Services joins SERC’s, student governor Andrew McKeag, and head of the Students Union, Roger Duncan, as SERC Bangor announces a partnership with CRASH Services to launch a competition to find the best young driver on campus as part of a major new initiative designed to improve road safety awareness. The hunt for eligible students will see three young drivers chosen to have their driving skills put to the test using innovative in-car ‘black box’ technology which will record their movements and overall technique over an eight week period.
The hunt is now under way for three eligible young student drivers at SERC to have their driving skills put to the test using new, innovative in-car ‘black box’ technology which will record their movements and overall driving techniques over an eight-week period.
The young driver with the best driving score will win £200 to help with their motoring costs plus the chance to improve their driving technique, skills and confidence even more by receiving coaching from an Advanced Driver.
The competition is being organised and managed by leading accident service provider CRASH Services, which supplies and installs the award-winning Ingenium Dynamics ‘telematics’ in-car technology.
Tony McKeown from CRASH said the competition would help to create ambassadors of safe driving which would inspire others to put safety first:
“Significant progress has been made in bringing down the annual number of road deaths in Northern Ireland in recent years, but we must firmly reflect on those who still account for most by the fatal incidents recorded – our younger generation.
“Many young people already face a monumental battle to gain access to a car, pay for lessons, insurance and fuel, but we must not forget what is important. Safety must come first. This competition will hopefully go some way towards ensuring that message is taken on board by those who need it most and I know that those who will get the chance to be selected will enjoy the experience and gain valuable skills.”
Roger Duncan, Head of the Students Union, at SERC in Bangor, said:
“As an important regional education centre, we are delighted to be involved in an initiative which will get people talking about road safety in an exciting way and which will generate additional learning opportunities to reach our young people with an important ‘safety first’ message. I would encourage everyone who is eligible to enter to do as soon as they can”.
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