Wise Drive for Life 2009

Wise Drive is part of the Durham Agency Against Crime and was set up to support and introduce community safety issues and initiatives to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour with the aim of making County Durham a safer place to live, work and invest. The group aims to safeguard people and property from crime and divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

The group needed funding to support the Wise Drive for Life 2009 project, aimed at year 11 students. Additional funding for this project is secured from sponsorship arrangements with a number of companies who regularly support this annual event. The course covers a range of safety issues such as driver awareness, the impact of drugs and alcohol on driving, car maintenance and a range of driving simulations including a controlled lesson with a BSM instructor. The local fire brigade and police attend the sessions and offer advice and guidance, highlighting the impact of road accidents.

The group received a grant of £1,900 to run the programme. Wise drive was able to educate and offer advice to male and female pupils aged 15-16, to support the prevention of accidents on the road, highlighting the dangers and the risks associated with reckless driving.

A teacher from Ferry Hill College, who regularly attends the event, said “Wise Drive continues to be most worthwhile for the students. It is informative and hard hitting. I look forward to being able to bring many more of our students to the event in future years.”