National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

11 January 2013

Sir Jim Paice MP met with NFYFC Chairman Milly Wastie and members of Cambridgeshire FYFC today, to offer his backing to NFYFC’s rural road safety campaign, Drive It Home.

The campaign, which was launched in November, is supported by leading rural insurer NFU Mutual.

The former YFC member, and current MP for South East Cambridgeshire, is supporting the campaign, which aims to educate young people about driving safely in rural areas.

His support is particularly relevant after statistics reveal that young drivers in five of the six districts within Cambridgeshire are involved in more injury collisions than the national average.

The shocking figures, taken from a 2012 Road Safety Analysis (RSA) report show that young drivers from the Fenland District are 108% more likely to be involved in an injury collision than the national average.

Sir Jim Paice is eager to throw his support behind the campaign, which is supported by leading rural insurer NFU Mutual;

“My reasons for supporting the Drive it Home campaign are simple: too many of our young people are being killed or seriously injured on rural roads in Cambridgeshire. In my constituency alone 137 young people were killed or seriously injured on the roads between 2005 and 2011.

“For young people living in rural areas, such as much of my constituency, being able to drive is essential, but these statistics unveiled by the NFYFC are deeply worrying. In much of Cambridgeshire, as well as the usual dangers of rural roads, there is the added risk of deep ditches and water-filled dykes with few barriers. We must do all that we can to improve awareness of the dangers of driving on Cambridgeshire’s rural roads and so if you are a young driver in rural Cambridgeshire, or know of such young drivers, then I urge you to take advantage of the help and support being offered by the Drive it Home campaign.”

Milly Wastie, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, said: 

“Having Sir Jim Paice MP’s support means a lot to our members because of his influence in the local community and on a much wider scale. As a former member of NFYFC, Jim understands more than most how influential this campaign will be to changing our members’ attitudes and also in spreading the word wider.”


For more information on the Drive It Home campaign, visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/driveithome or facebook.com/driveithomeyfc

A press release about Sir Jim Paice meeting NFYFC members can be downloaded here.


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