Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire championed Hereford Sixth Form Colleges programme ‘E-Driver’ in Parliament last week.
Herefordshire was put on the map in Westminster as Bill Wiggin MP used a road safety debate on Thursday, April 25, to publicly urge the Government to promote ‘E-Driver’.
The ‘hard hitting’ programme to tackle teenage deaths on the roads was pioneered in Herefordshire by Dr Ruth Brinton, a former Deputy Principal at Hereford Sixth Form College, with help from Hereford & Worcester Fire Service and West Mercia Police.
Mr Wiggin said: “The credit for this programme must go to Dr Ruth Brinton, I hope the Minister will use his good offices to encourage the Department for Education to ensure that ‘E-Driver’ is seen by all 17-year-olds so that we cut the number of deaths of young and vulnerable drivers.”
A passionate believer in ‘E-Driver’, which includes disturbing footage of what actually happens in a car accident, Mr Wiggin MP previously submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) to garner support and has a meeting arranged in June with Under-Secretary of State for Education Elizabeth Truss to discuss its use in schools.
During last Thursday’s debate Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, said: “As pointed out by my hon. Friend the Member for North Herefordshire (Bill Wiggin), it is not only young drivers whom we need to educate; we should educate young people about the roads before they become drivers.
“I appreciate, welcome and encourage initiatives by charities and car clubs to start people thinking at 14 about how they should interact safely with the road.”
Nationally one in eight driving licence holders is 25 or under yet a third of those who die on the roads fall within this same age range.
Fully interactive, ‘E-Driver’ is a valuable teaching tool for teenagers, bringing home to them the realities and dangers incumbent in driving on the roads and the awful cost that some young people pay when they don’t pay attention.
With the programme already being rolled-out amongst prison education programmes, Bill Wiggin MP is pushing for the project to achieve its ultimate aim – to have ‘E-Driver’ used free of charge in every sixth form college and school in the UK.
The programme is readily accessible on-line at http://direct-learning.co.uk/e-driver/player.htm.