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Last night, over 30 Telford residents took steps to become better drivers at a free awareness session they praised as being ‘interesting’ and ‘informative’.

With too many people dying or being seriously injured on the roads of West Mercia, Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion decided to offer free driver awareness sessions as part of his commitment to making roads safer.

The training, held in partnership with national driver-education providers TTC, tests drivers on their Highway Code knowledge and covers speeds, signage and hazard perception. Practical advice was also given for drivers on how they can keep themselves safe on the roads.

Participants gained an insight from a Roads Policing officer on their role within West Mercia Police, the affects poor driving can have on lives and how technology, such as dash cameras, can help – particularly now that drivers can submit footage of dangerous driving to the Op Snap team within the force.

The session in Telford was the first of a new programme currently being rolled out across West Mercia.

Thursday 30th January – 6-8pm – The Lantern Community Hall, Shrewsbury
Tuesday 11th February – 6-8pm – The Civic Centre, Whitchurch

PCC John Campion said: “As we hold more of these sessions I’m still so pleased to see how many attend. These people have willingly given up a few hours in their evening to come along and learn. I think it’s admirable that people are saying to themselves ‘I can be better’ and it’s the kind of attitude we need if we’re going to make a difference with the safety of our roads.

“Bad habits and bad road behaviour, once formed, can be hard to shift which is why we need to be doing all we can to make our roads safer. I hope more will take the opportunity to come along to these sessions.”

Those interested can find details on the West Mercia PCC Facebook page under ‘events’.

Issued on: 15th January 2020