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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 13:34 GMT
Father backs road education pack
Myfyr Thomas

A grieving father has welcomed the launch of schools packs aiming to reduce road deaths and serious injuries in crashes involving young people.

The Too Young to Die pack includes a "hard-hitting" DVD including interviews with people bereaved in crashes involving young drivers.

Meirion Thomas' son Myfyr, 20, from Pentrefoelas, Conwy, died in an accident last October.

He welcomed anything to prevent another family going through the same trauma.

"It is every parent's nightmare - no-one expects to be buried before their child," said Mr Thomas.

"It is such a shock, the longing, the missing his company - he would have been 21 on 9 January."

We've all been young, just some of us are luckier than others
Meirion Thomas, father

The education packs are being released by Co-operative Insurance (CIS), in partnership with Brake, the road safety charity.

Mr Thomas said he agreed that a lot of accidents involving younger drivers were due to inexperience, although Myfyr had been driving for four years.

"We still do not know what happened. Maybe we will never know, maybe he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"The inquest has not yet been, but whatever comes out, Myfyr won't come back."

Forcing younger drivers to have an experienced driver with them when they first passed their test would be a good idea, he said.

But he questioned whether limiting the size of the car and engine would make much difference.

"We've all been young, just some of us are luckier than others, we've all been there," he added.

Tom Jones, a former police driver who works as a trainer with Pass Plus Cymru, which runs courses for young drivers, said he favoured targeting youngsters from the age of 15.

He said that by the time they reached driving age they had a more responsible outlook.

"My own son is just finishing his exams and is already asking for driving lessons, and there is an excitement there.

"If they were taught over a long period of time, there is a chance that their attitude could be affected so that by the time they are old enough to drive they are responsible enough, too," he said.




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