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Safe Students, Safe Roads

Members of the Streetskill team returned to school to spread the word on safe driving.

"Getting your driver's license doesn't mean you can drive well," Streetskill's Levi Allen advised a group of high school students recently.

Delivering several road safety messages, Mr. Allen, who is also Public Work's Training, Development and Safety Officer and serves on the National Road Safety Strategy team, told students about defensive driving techniques. He covered areas such as risk taking, driving with peers as passengers, being on the road late at night, and using phones while driving.

"Young drivers are particularly susceptible to traffic accidents as they generally lack the experience to respond to different situations," Mr. Allen said.

"Knowing the road code is one thing, but applying the rules to a changing road environment requires skills, knowledge, extensive practice and an understanding of how you, as young drivers, respond to pressures and distractions."

Another presenter, National Roads Authority (NRA)'s Streetskill representative Marion Pandohie, explained to the group of young drivers how to safely use Cayman's roundabouts.

Chief Inspector Angelique Howell of the RCIPS also participated: "Our roads have already claimed four lives this year, prompting us to ramp up our public education efforts," she said, noting that the presentation would be followed by others, as well as a public workshop on defensive driving.

She added, "The rate of road accidents and deaths in Cayman is simply unacceptable, which is why we need to focus on prevention and education."

Streetskill is the public education campaign of the new multi-agency Cayman Islands National Road Safety Strategy which aims to reduce road fatalities and injuries. Members are Public Works, NRA, the RCIPS, Vehicle and Drivers' Licensing and the Cayman Islands Road Safety Advisory Council.

"We want everyone to take individual responsibility for road safety. Our call to action is simple: Don't wait for disaster to happen. Talk to your family, friends and children about driving for life," Mr. Allen concluded.

For more information on the campaign and to download road safety information go to www.gis.ky/streetskills.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver