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Learner-drivers in Devon and Cornwall to be taught the Honest Truth

Over 300 driving instructors and driving schools in Plymouth, Devon and the Cornwall area are going to receive new teaching resources from a pioneering road safety campaign.

South Devon based the Honest Truth Partnership aims to bring together the Fire Service, Police, County and District Councils, local Community Safety Partnership and driving instructors.

It is thought that this is the first time that all of these bodies have worked with driving instructors to reach learners and parents with safer driving messages.

The Honest Truth is a short film that was produced by Teignbridge District Council alongside The Honest Truth Partnership and Eve Atkinson. Eve’s brother tragically passed away in a car accident in May 2008.

312 driving instructors have already signed up to the scheme but there are hopes that more will join and that the project will go nationwide.

Resources available include an information booklet, website, in-car ‘Message of the Day’ prompt cards, leaflets for students and parents, and sets of posters.

Everything has been developed in partnership with instructors and young drivers.

Current Chair of The Honest Truth Partnership Sergeant Olly Tayler from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We are incredibly excited to be extending The Honest Truth campaign. We’ve been working together on a brand new look and resources which instructors have told us they would like.

“Small changes really do save lives, and it’s that message that is at the heart of The Honest Truth. You never forget the sights, sounds and smells of a major crash, and telling a parent that their child has died is the most heart-wrenching thing you can do. Together we want to make sure that our learner drivers and their parents truly understand the risks, and hopefully we’ll reduce the number of accidents involving young people on our roads.”

If you would like more information about the campaign email info@thehonesttruth.co.uk or call Chantel Hobley on 01626 215894.

You can also go to www.thehonesttruth.co.uk or www.facebook.com/thehonesttruthUK.

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