Recently qualified drivers in the Newry, Mourne and Down area are set to benefit from an innovative course that aims to improve road safety.

With an estimated 1 in 5 motorists having a Collison during their first year of driving.  The initiative is designed to give young people help and advice on how to further their driving skills.  The course is a mixture of theory and on road training.  The course is being delivered by the Newry, Mourne and Down Road Safety committee.

Patricia O’Neill said “Our Voluntary committee have been running programmes for vulnerable road users for the last 18 months.  New drivers are over represented in collision statistics and a number of young people from this region have lost their lives in recent years, so we really wanted to deliver a project for this age group.  We ran a similar course last autumn and the feedback from participants was very positive.

“The course is free and open to residents in Newry, Mourne and Down area aged 17 to 24 and who have passed their driving test in the last four years.  The scheme includes a class room based three hour driver awareness session (which will be held on Wednesday 25th October (6pm to 9pm), a one-to-one drive with an Approved Driving Instructor (90 minutes) and a follow-up on road session (60 minutes).  Issues like driving on rural roads, dual carriageways and motorways will be covered as well as the main causation factors in young driver collisions.

There are only 12 places on the course so if you would like to apply, please contact Patricia O’Neill on 07990  940152 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a registration form.