The Avon and Somerset Constabulary have two unique programmes that engage with young drivers and riders and explore how our roads can be made safer.
Many road safety educational programmes are classroom based and not always appealing to young road users.
Project KickStart and Choice and Consequence use Go-Karts to demonstrate the theory.
Project KickStart is delivered to those who ride or wish to ride Motorcycles and Mopeds.
Choice and Consequence is delivered to those who drive or wish to drive Cars and Vans or Lorries.
The programmes are delivered to young people aged between 16 and 25 years old with the aim of keeping them safe on the road.
Sessions last approximately two hours and are delivered to groups of 8 to 16 young people at an indoor Karting Centre located at Cheddar, Somerset.
Those attending the sessions have either elected to attend the programme as an alternative to prosecution after committing a variety of driving offences or have attended as non offenders as part of a proactive campaign to engage with vulnerable road users.
The Police led initiative also benefits from informative inputs from the Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and in the case of Project KickStart Motorcycle safety coordinators from the two Road Safety Partnerships.
The programme was developed by Police Constable Dave Adams of the Avon and Somerset Road Policing unit in 2008. Since then it has gone from strength to strength engaging with hundreds of young riders and drivers.