Wise Drive is a programme aimed at students who will soon reach the age where they can obtain a driving licence, and it adopts a multi-agency approach. This programme has been developed to offer practical skills to such students and to help them improve their knowledge, behaviour and attitudes, and to challenge misconceptions, before they even get behind the wheel.
Statistics from the Department of Transport (see the “Reported Road Causalities Great Britain” annual reports) highlight those aged 17-24 are the most vulnerable group of road users. The Wise Drive and associated educational initiatives is about seek to address those vulnerabilities, including by providing key input on “the fatal 4” (being the statistically 4 most causes of serious or fatal road crashes) – Speed, Drink/Drugs, Failure to wear Seatbelts, Distractions (i.e. mobile telephone usage when driving).
RoadPeace North East will continue to work collaboratively to assist in the delivery of education to help change behaviour and attitudes, with the ultimate aim of reducing road death and injuries.