SIXTY per cent of young drivers in South Derbyshire think they are better than the average driver, according to a recent survey.
Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed the astonishing statistics despite young drivers being two and a half times more likely to be involved in a serious crash.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Our whole system of learning to drive must be overhauled to provide safe exposure to a wider range of traffic situations, but also the chance to discuss attitudes and risks.
“New drivers feel invulnerable and it must be the job of government, training providers, insurers, charities and parents and carers to bring them back down to earth with as soft a bump as possible.”
Hairdresser gets ready to embark on charity effort
A BURTON-born hairdresser is striking out on a charity challenge that will see him walk from John O’ Groats to Land’s End in an attempt to raise enough cash to pay for one nurse for a whole year.
Paul Ainger is aiming to completed the challenge by June 14, having started it in April.
He said: “I spent some time working at St Giles and I was always really proud to be a part of an organisation responsible for such good work.
“This is a way to give something back and do something special to try to support them.”
Paul is walking the route alongside good friend Tim West
You can follow the pair on their journey at Facebook.com/45DegreesWest or help them to hit their target by donating at justgiving.com/45degswest
Council set to respond to report of new fly-tipping
COUNCIL chiefs are set to investigate reports of fly-tipping in a South Derbyshire village.
Newton Solney Parish Council revealed that members of the public have reported several incidents of garden waste being dumped in sites across the village.
Environmental bosses from South Derbyshire District Council are to investigate the matter further.
Details of annual village festival now announced
THE date of the annual Repton Village show has been announced.
It will take place on Saturday, September 6 at Repton Village Hall.
The event will feature a range of events for visitors to enjoy.