Charity puts young drivers through Pass Plus test
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New charity was set up by bereaved mother after her son was killed in North Molton collision last October.
A NEW charity set up in the name of a young man killed in a car accident last October has put two North Devon drivers through their pass plus driving test.
Jackie Brealy set up Parents All United Saving Youngsters (PAULY) Stay Safe in memory of her son Paul Bovey, 24.
Paul, from South Molton, and his friend Martyn Windsor, 25, died when their car plunged into the flooded River Mole near North Molton last October.
The aim of PAULY is to pay for young people to take their Pass Plus driving test which improves driving skills such as motorway driving, and lowers insurance costs.
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North Devon driving instructors Tim Wade and Paul Greatbatch have both signed up to the scheme and are putting their first students through their Pass Plus.
Mr Wade’s student Eleisha Boyles, 17, has recently passed her course and Ryan Adamson, 17, is about to undertake his with Mr Greatbatch
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“I’ve seen the devastating effects of traffic collisions, particularly involving 17-24 year-olds,” said Mr Greatbatch, who is also a traffic police officer.
“Pass Plus is a scheme designed by the Driving Standards Agency to help new drivers gain confidence and experience on the roads.”
The charity is also supported by the police and PC Rod Lomas, of the serious collisions investigation team, congratulated Jackie’s work.
He said: “It is such a good project and I hope to support it as much as possible.
“You see the devastation and how deaths in traffic collisions affect so many people.
“It’s great to give young people all the information so they are aware of the consequences of their driving.”
Jackie, who has been fundraising for the charity since she set it up early this year, said she felt extremely proud of Eleisha and Ryan.
“It’s been so amazing to meet them and everyone on the committee is so proud,” she said.
“I very soon realised after Paul’s death that for my own and everyone else’s sake I wanted and needed to do something to keep his memory alive.
“It had to be something positive that would help us cope with the grief and devastation we were all feeling, and something from which we could draw comfort and know Paul’s death wasn’t completely in vain.
“Now I just want to spread the word and take it everywhere I can.”
Jackie is still on the lookout for more driving instructors to sign up with PAULY and put their students through the Pass Plus.
For more information on the scheme for both instructors and students visit www.paulystaysafe.com or email Jackie on firstname.lastname@example.org.