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Pilot scheme for younger drivers
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The scheme aims to reduce fatalities
A pilot scheme to reduce injuries and fatalities involving new drivers is being trialled on Merseyside.

Government statistics say one in three male drivers aged 17-20 crash within two years of passing their test.

The Right Direction scheme will see learners between 16-25 receive training to improve risk analysis and on understanding driver limitations.

The two-week programme involves driving simulators, commentary driving lessons and road safety education.

The project has been developed by members of the Road Safety Partnership, including Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Road Safety Officers Group and the British School of Motoring.

Gill Roberts, Chair of Merseyside Road Safety Officers Group, said: "Too many young drivers drive too fast, take undue risks and lack experience in anticipating hazards on the road.

"The Right Direction addresses these issues in a practical way while they are learning to drive. We are confident that this will result in fewer injuries for this most vulnerable group."

If the pilot scheme proves successful it is expected the Driving Standards Agency will adopt it nationwide.

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