The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has presented its first awards to recognise the achievements of advanced driver and rider groups.
The RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Awards were initiated to highlight the hard work and dedication of volunteers from RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (RoADAR) groups, of which there are more than 50 across the UK.
The awards show RoSPA’s appreciation for the groups’ efforts to promote advanced driving and riding and other road safety initiatives. The judges were particularly interested in how groups had raised awareness of advanced driving or riding to both younger and older drivers during 2011, partnerships with like-minded organisations and general group promotional activities.
The Manchester Group of RoADAR scooped first place, winning £1,000. RoADAR Merseyside came second, winning £500, while Cambridgeshire, Shropshire and West Midlands RoADAR all came runners-up and were each awarded £250.
Bob Smalley, RoSPA’s chief driving examiner, said: “RoADAR aims to show how improved skills can play a part in saving lives and reducing injuries on the road and also to help drivers and riders get more enjoyment from being behind the wheel or on their motorcycle.
“Local groups are run by volunteers who invest their time and energy into keeping the network going and enabling more people to benefit from it. We were therefore delighted to introduce the RoADAR Awards this year to recognise the efforts of these dedicated volunteers.”
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “The activities of the five award-winning groups provide a snapshot of the wealth of hard work going on across the UK. We offer the members of these groups our particular congratulations on their success in the inaugural RoADAR Awards, but we would also like to extend our thanks to the members of other RoADAR groups for their hard work.”
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