Calls for driver education to be introduced into Kerry secondary schools

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There are calls for driver education to be introduced into Kerry secondary schools.
Independent councillor Jackie Healy-Rae wants the Minister for Education Joe McHugh and the Road Safety Authority to examine the feasibility of adding driver education to the curriculum.
He believes it would be beneficial for students to be able to learn both the theory and practical side while in secondary school.
Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae raised the issue at the recent monthly meeting of Kerry County Council.
He said if the Government and RSA are serious about saving lives on our roads, they need to get real in educating young drivers, instead of simply prosecuting them.
At the meeting, the Independent Cllr stated students should be able to learn the rules of the road, familiarise themselves with the basic functions of cars, sit the theory test, undertake lessons and sit their driving test before completing secondary school.
The councillor says he has also identified funding that the RSA could use to subsidise its implementation.
With road deaths continuing to be an issue, Cllr Healy-Rae believes the right areas are not being targeted.
He hopes that Minister McHugh and the RSA will give this serious consideration and conduct a feasibility study into it, or consider rolling out a pilot scheme in a number of schools.