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Educating the royals on drink driving

TTC Group director Graham Wynn explains to the Princess Royal how confusing it is for drinkers to know how much alcohol they have drunk as measures are larger and alcohol stronger than ever before

The Princess Royal learned about the national education programme to make roads safer by tackling drink and drug driving, speeding and careless driving.

She visited the TTC Group – one of the UK’s largest public and fleet driver training organisations – to meet motorists whose lives have been affected by drink driving.

The Princess Royal met Joanna Hough who was injured in a ‘morning after’ crash and Love Isaac Sackey who wrote a rap song about not drinking and driving.

“The Princess Royal said that not many people were aware about the morning after, which was what caused my horrendous accident,” said Miss Hough.

HRH, who was also given information on drug driving, said: “There is an assumption that drugs are dangerous and drink is not, which is curious.”

She also got a taste of a speed awareness course and the National Driver Improvement Scheme aimed at teaching drivers how to stick to speed limits and be more aware of road hazards.

HRH also learned about how companies are now educating their employees to improve driver safety from Shropshire businessman Vernon Hogg, dealer principal at Mitsubishi and Honda.

“We talked about how we had brought alcohol awareness to Shropshire companies with 100 put through our courses over the past year. They employ 10,000 and run 2,000 vehicles.

"She was very aware about the employers’ duty of care although a lot of employers are not aware that they are responsible for their vehicles,” said Mr Hogg.

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