Learner drivers in Plymouth will soon be provided with road safety education during driving lessons, as part of an initiative supported by the region’s police and crime commissioner.
The Honest Truth provides a targeted road safety initiative to learner drivers in collaboration with driving instructors, delivered during driving lessons and using ‘unique and striking visuals delivered in a simple way’. The Honest Truth says the intervention is ‘evidence-based and will be evaluated’.
To mark the launch of the initiative in Plymouth, Alison Hernandez, police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has issued a call to arms to driving instructors.
Alison Hernandez said: “Young people are at more risk on our roads when they are in the early years of motoring.
“Therefore I welcome measures that encourage new drivers to learn for longer and to learn how to cope with the distractions they face when behind the wheel.”
The initiative is being delivered in partnership with the Plymouth Community Safety Partnership.
Cllr Sally Haydon, cabinet member for community safety at Plymouth City Council, said: “If there are any measures that can help keep young people safe, we are more than happy to support them.
“I was quite surprised to learn how little attention is paid to this aspect of road safety when young drivers take to the road so welcome moves to change this.
“Simple, targeted guidance to young drivers from the very people they are taking instruction from makes absolute sense.”
Founded in 2009, The Honest Truth is a national road safety initiative which works in close collaboration with emergency services, local authorities and approved driving instructors to improve young driver safety.
It has been delivering a similar initiative in Warwickshire since October 2019.
Annette Lloyd, head of The Honest Truth, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding to deliver our road safety project to young drivers and are now asking driving instructors in Plymouth to get involved in the project.
“The road safety guidance we provide is simple to use and easy to deliver to their students. But, it could have an incredible impact in the long term on the safety of those young drivers.”