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Issue Date:- 23 July 2008

Most experienced drivers know the least, Highway Code tests reveal

MOTORISTS at opposite ends of the driving experience spectrum need to brush up on the rules of the road according to the results of a Highway Code test by online insurance experts,  The company tested over 3,000 people on their knowledge of the tougher roads sign and other regulations and it was motorists over 60s and those aged 17 to 21 that failed to make the grade.

1st place – 40 to 49 year olds
2nd place – 50 to 59 year olds
3rd place – 30 to 39 year olds
4th place – 22 to 29 year olds
5th place – 17 to 21 year olds
6th place – 60+ year olds

For the 17 to 21 year olds, it was the men that dragged the overall score down as female drivers in the age group bucked the trend. For the men, 17 to 21 year olds were worst overall, but young female drivers in the same age group took a commendable 2nd place in the women’s ranks. Overall, men who took the test scored better than women. managing director, Brian Martin said:- “It’s interesting to see the two extreme age groups performing the worst in our test.

Perhaps the over 60s have forgotten what they were taught and maybe the younger drivers simply weren’t paying enough attention when they were learning.

It’s interesting that those in their 40s and 50s wouldn’t have sat the theory test which was introduced in 1996 but came top in our test. It seems to have done little to teach drivers the Highway Code.”

Although the over 60s and 17 to 21 year olds scored the lowest, the study also revealed that more than half of everyone tested completely failed to identify the sign for a T-junction with priority over vehicles from the right, and 2/5ths failed to identify the correct sequence for traffic lights at a junction.

£25 million school given green light in Liverpool

OUTLINE planning permission has been granted by Liverpool City Council for the new £25 million King David School campus in Childwall.  The Childwall Road scheme is part of Liverpool’s £400 million Building Schools for the Future project which is replacing or refurbishing every secondary school in the city.

It will see the existing King David Primary and King David High Schools replaced with brand new buildings on a combined site.

The project will also include a new nursery, and a replacement for the Harold House youth and community centre which will be used by local people.

Councillor Keith Turner, executive member for education, said:- “This is fantastic news for the local community and means that we can crack on with delivering a first class school and community facility for the area.  The new King David High and Primary Schools will provide a top quality education for entire generations of schoolchildren and make sure they get the best possible education in a brilliant learning environment.  It will also create a 21st century facility which can be used by the whole of the local community.  Our Building Schools for the Future scheme will completely transform education for secondary school pupils in Liverpool and give our children a great start in life.”

Max Steinberg, Chair of Governors at King David High and chair of the campus executive steering group, added:- “We were delighted at the news of the outline planning approval today.  The campus scheme, which will bring together a high school, a primary school, a kindergarten and a youth and community centre, will be a major asset both for the Jewish and wider community.  Throughout the last couple of years we have worked very closely with Liverpool city council and we look forward to starting on site early next year to deliver a fantastic new state of the art facility in Childwall.”

Work will begin at the start of 2009 and is expected to be completed by the autumn of 2010.

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