Training courses for young drivers survive the budget cuts – although they are no longer free.
Additional training is widely recognised as an essential tool in the fight to cut casualties among young drivers in the 17-24 age bracket.
The excellent CarKraft courses run by Northamptonshire Police appear to have been highly effective. Sadly, budget cuts that have resulted in the county’s speed cameras being switched off have also meant an end to the CarKraft initiative.
Free to participants, even with support from the likes of Renault and insurer Adrian Flux the courses were costing £12,000 a time to run. Determined that CarKraft should live on and continue its life-saving work, Northamptonshire Police has looked at ways of revamping the scheme to make it viable in a cash-strapped climate. It will be running a reformatted course in September.
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Course fees reduced for residents
Participants will now have to pay £129 to attend, although this price falls to just £49 for residents of Northamptonshire, thanks to subsidies from the local council. The course now lasts half a day and includes workshops on road safety together with practical driving sessions on the Porsche Centre Silverstone wet handling track and with Police instructors.
One welcome by-product of the CarKraft course is the interaction between young drivers and Police traffic officers, breaking down barriers and improving relations between both parties.
A partner programme called Drive16 offers teenagers a taste of driving and an opportunity to get the basics covered before hitting the roads with their provisional licences and L-plates. Drive16 costs £75 or just £25 to local residents.
For more information there is a dedicated CarKraft website with full details and contact information.
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