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Firefighters to teach Bury how to drive safely
FIREFIGHTERS in Bury are running a free course to spread the message about safe driving.
On Saturday, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will station its community event vehicle outside Marks and Spencer on The Rock to provide information and advice on safe driving and to promote the course.
The Safe Young Drivers (SYD) scheme will be held at Bury’s new fire station in Magdalene Road over three Thursdays: October 3, 10 and 17. It will run between 6.45pm and 9pm.
It is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25, whether they are new or learner drivers or passengers, to raise awareness of the consequences of dangerous driving, such as when being distracted, speeding and texting.
Course organiser and firefighter Paul Simpson, from Ramsbottom Fire Station, said: “Too many young people have been killed or injured on our roads and this is often due to the driver being distracted — listening to loud music, showing off to their friends, texting or using their mobile phones, drinking or using drugs while driving.
“Working with other emergency services, mot-oring agencies and a local driving school, we hope that the course will influence young people to have a safe attitude towards driving and make the right decisions before they get behind the wheel.”
Various sports and vintage cars will be on display in the fire station for the young people to have a look at and there will be a free prize draw to win driving lessons.
Presentations will be given by GMFRS, North West Ambulance Service, Greater Manchester Police, RAC, Institute of Advanced Motorists and L Plates Driving School.
- Places are limited. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Paul by emailing email@example.com or by calling 0161 909 0303.
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