A programme created by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership (DDRSP) aimed at increasing the safety of 16 to 20 year olds by changing their attitudes to driving, has been recognised with a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (PMIRSA).
The Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnerships Young Driver Education Programme (YDEP) - which was founded in 2007 and has been fully evaluated by RoSPA - involves delivering workshops through schools.
On average, 1,600 students from 36 of Derbyshire's 45 secondary schools and colleges, take part each year, with a record 2,350 students participating in 2015.
Issues covered during the workshops include speed, drink and drug driving, aggressive driving and distractions which effect driving. Emergency service personnel also talk about their experiences of dealing with the after effects of collisions.
In Derbyshire, before the initiative began in 2007, there were 635 reported injuries and 10 deaths among young drivers. By 2014, this had fallen to 331 injuries and one death. Latest figures reported in the partnership's 2016 annual report show that the number of young drivers killed or seriously injured fell from 37 in 2014 to 24 in 2015.
Established in 1987 and managed by RoadSafe, the Prince Michael Awards recognize outstanding road safety achievement and innovation worldwide.
Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council, said " This award is testament to the ongoing commitment over a number of years of our staff and colleagues in the police and fire service, to adopt safer driving practice for life. While one accident is one too many, it is clear the downward trend over many decades in the number of causalities, is down to a range of initiatives, including education programmes like these, for which we have proudly been acknowledged at the highest level ".