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Commissioner Supports Training Courses To Highlight National Road Safety Week (21st to 27th November)

As part of National Road Safety Week Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall visited Appleby Heritage Centre to meet some of the young people taking part in training to improve driving standards.

The Centre has been awarded £6,000 from the Commissioner’s Community Fund to support the delivery of basic motor vehicle maintenance/inspections and speed awareness.  The courses also look at the impact of bereavement through road traffic accidents, the effect of a criminal record on employability and the impact of anti-social behaviour on the community.

Speaking of his support for the Centre Peter McCall said: “I was really pleased to support the training courses provided by the Appleby Heritage Centre, because It is a great example of what my Community Fund is designed to do – in that we are funding a project that is within the local community for the benefit of that community. Their application appealed to me because I am a firm believer that they can deliver relevant and practical education and training to enable young drivers to drive safely and responsibly.

“The aim of the training is for our young people to be more informed about road safety, appropriate driving behaviours and attitudes, as well as understanding the impact of anti-social behaviour on others and themselves.  Participants will also learn how to carry out safety checks and repairs on their own vehicles, as well as what they need to do to meet legal standards. All in all it is a really comprehensive package which I am sure will reap great benefits and make our roads safer and ultimately save lives. ”

Hayley Chapman, Appleby Heritage Centre Manager said: “We are delighted to have received this significant support from the Police and Crime Commissioner.  We have been able to purchase additional equipment to enhance our motor vehicle workshop. This  opportunity allows the Centre to further engage with local young people and voluntary groups in our area to increase awareness and skills.”

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