Youngsters get hard-hitting road warning

Twelve young motorists stopped for bad driving gained themselves a “clean slate” - by attending a hard-hitting session to improve their road skills.

FELIXSTOWE: Twelve young motorists stopped for bad driving gained themselves a “clean slate” - by attending a hard-hitting session to improve their road skills.

Drivers who had been issued with a Section 59 warning - following anti-social and careless driving - were invited to the Learn and Live presentation at Felixstowe Fire Station.

Those who attended had the warning removed as a reward while those who declined the invitation run the risk of having their vehicle confiscated if they receive a second notice.

The session aimed to encourage drivers to stop anti-social and careless driving through education about the dangers.

The drivers were shown a film containing graphic images highlighting the consequences of road collisions caused by inappropriate driving, while fire officers spoke of their own experiences and gave a practical demonstration of cutting a volunteer out of a vehicle.

PCSO Steve Butcher, from Felixstowe and District Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Education was the key to this event as an alternative to prosecution.

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“We want drivers to consciously improve their careless driving to reduce the chance of repeat offences.

“This will not only keep them out of trouble but will mean a safer community for everyone.”

Anyone receiving a second Section 59 warning would have their car seized and they would have to pay �150 to get it back.

Do you think the initiative is a good idea? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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