Hamilton backs road safety scheme

A new road safety campaign for school children has been backed by former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Under the latest RoadSense scheme, pupils aged 14 to 18 will be offered hands-on experience and training behind the wheel.

It has been announced that around 5,000 school pupils across Surrey will be the first to benefit before the initiative is rolled out nationwide. Participants in Surrey will not only be given pre-emptive driving tuition but will also have their responsibilities as passengers and pedestrians reinforced.

Launching the scheme at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy in Weybridge, Hamilton said: "It's a great thing for young kids to come here and at least raise awareness.

"Hopefully, they'll come here and they'll walk away with a little bit more knowledge which will equip them even better for when they take their own driving lessons and tests."

The educational scheme has been developed by council, fire and police officers, with the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy.

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