Our Lady's Grammar School
Pictured is Stephen Savage from New Driver NI with Marie-Therese McCartan, Ciara Maginness, Emily Rice, Lauren Ward and Claire O’Keefe from Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry.

Over one hundred Year 13 students at Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry have taken part in a safe motoring presentation, which aims to create a community of safe new drivers.  The talk covers all elements of safe motoring including learning to drive, buying a car, insurance, looking after your vehicle and road safety.

Mr Hackett, Our Lady’s Grammar School Year Head, who organised the presentation, commented; “Considering the dangers and challenges that exist for our young people while driving on the roads, we here in Our Lady’s appreciate the excellent advice and guidance that New Driver Safety Ambassadors, continues to offer to our Sixth Form girls.”

New Driver Safety Ambassador Limited visit sixth forms in schools each year todeliver safe motoring presentations. Their aim is educate all new drivers and passengers on making good motoring decisions.   All participants receive a free New Driver NI magazine and are asked to sign the New Driver pledge which includes the following 5 rules.

Respect the Speed Limit

No Mobile While Mobile!

Never Drive When Tired!

Not a Drop, Not a Drag!

Belt Up, Front & Back!

Stephen Savage, ProjectManager at New Driver Safety Ambassadors said “The programme has been runningfor over four years now.  Feedback fromschools teachers and students is very positive. Making the pledge is a commitment to being as safe as possible on theroads.

“Too many young people are still losing their lives or being seriously injured on the roads across Northern Ireland.  We want to see these figures reduce every year.  We have set an ambitious target to get 10,000 pledges signed this year and we have made a good start since September.

The programme is completely free for schools as funding is provided by corporate sponsors including Charles Hurst First Time Buyer Centre, CRASH Services, Hankook Tyres, AB&C Insurance and JMK Solicitors.  The Department for Infrastructure and some Policing and Community Safety partnerships also provide support. To make a school booking please contact Stephen Savage on 07793 198100 or email info@newdriverni.com.