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New research shows nearly a quarter of young drivers in the north west have admitted to crashing their car after passing their test.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists says younger people simply don't feel prepared for driving on their own.
The Institute says the current system is failing the next generation of motorists, and is calling for a serious review.
Chris Hudson is an Approved Driving Instructor:
Carlisle United have two games over the Easter weekend, starting with Walsall at home tomorrow.
United are coming off the back of a heavy defeat at Preston last weekend and need results quickly to pull them out of the relegation zone.
CUFC Manager Graham Kavanagh has given his players a clear message about what they need to do in order to beat the drop.
Cumbria Police have launched their annual BikeSafe campaign as the biking season begins.
The initiative has now been run by the force for a number of years and over the next six months, workshops across the county will educate motorcyclists and provide advanced training on road safety.
Workshops will be held in Kendal, Carlisle and Workington Fire and Rescue community centres.
Sergeant Jo House, Cumbria Police BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said:
“BikeSafe aims to bridge the gap between having a licence and getting structured training. Regardless of how much or how many years’ experience you have, there is always something to learn when it comes to staying safe on two wheels."
Nearly a quarter of young drivers in the North West have admitted to crashing their car after passing their test, according to research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The report indicates that over a quarter of drivers aged 18-25 had broken the law during their first few years on the road.
Despite spending many weeks learning to pass their test, the majority of younger drivers in the North West feel that they need to improve.
Research from the IAM shows that:
- One fifth of people killed or seriously injured in a UK road accidnet during 2012 were involved in a collision with a young driver
- 22% of all accidents involved young drivers
- Nearly a quarter of all car drivers who died in 2012 were young drivers
– Simon Best, Cheif Executive, Institute of Advanced Motorists
"This survey shows that younger drivers simply don't feel adequately prepared for independent driving. The current learning system is failing the next generation of motorists and there needs to be serious review. Early experience of a wide range of traffic conditions is vital but so is dealing with negative attitudes. This can be done most effectively through peer group discussions rather than just relying on stricter controls and curfews."
MSP Jim Hume welcomes a £38.6 million investment for a new youth programme in South West Scotland.
It is one of five areas in the UK to receive a share of money from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).
– Jim Hume MSP, South Scotland
"We know that long spells of unemployment at the start of a young persons' career can be damaging for years down the line. This new investment will make a real difference to young people in the south of Scotland and give them the best possible start to their working life.
"With UK spending being matched by EU investment this new initiative is another reason why Liberal Democrats are working to keep Scotland in Britain and Britain in Europe."
The scheme provides funding to help young people aged 15-24 find work.
The total £170 million of UK government funding for the YEI will be matched by an equal amount from the European Social Fund and also by project partners, bringing the total funding to nearly £490 million.
A historic courthouse where famous novelist Sir Walter Scott heard court cases is set to re-open today.
His court room in Selkirk Market Place has had a £50,000 makeover and school groups will be able visit to learn about nineteenth century law and order.
Aspatria Rugby Club are just one game away from a national cup final at Twickenham.
The Black and Red face Leek on Saturdays, with the winners going to the final of the intermediate national cup at the home of rugby.
Ryan Dollard spoke to their captain, Andrew Miller, yesterday.
Tenants in Longtown who are angry about freezing homes and soaring energy bills will meet again today as protests build.
Residents say that Riverside Housing Association's plan to reduce their bills using solar panels has failed. Instead, they've seen bills rise, leading some to go without proper heating for years.