Driving instructors in Norfolk are being urged to help deliver the ‘honest truth’ as the county’s police force and road safety team become the latest to join the campaign of the same name.
The Honest Truth project is designed to equip driving instructors to teach young drivers to identify and negate bad habits such as speeding, using mobile phones, showing off to friends or getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs.
The Honest Truth was originally set up in South Devon in 2009 following a fatal collision which killed three young people. The campaign is now also running in Cornwall, Wiltshire and Swindon, Dorset, Essex, Somerset, Staffordshire, Cumbria, Nottinghamshire, Kent and was launched in Hertfordshire last month and Shropshire earlier this month.
Iain Temperton, Norfolk County Council’s road safety team leader, said: "Norfolk’s road users are very fortunate to be supported by a focused, energetic and effective casualty reduction partnership.
“With this latest scheme we are inviting approved driving instructors to join the partnership and work with us to reduce the number of young people killed and injured on our roads.
“By using The Honest Truth resources they will be best placed to pass on crucial messages about responsible behaviour and safe attitudes to an audience who are already in the learning environment."
Chief inspector Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: "Because of the time instructors spend with them (young drivers) in tuition and the relationships they build, it makes perfect sense to offer them training and material to provide advice on road safety which can make a real difference.
"It is important to drive those messages home at the crucial time before these young people take to the roads on their own."