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Young farmers in rural safety drive

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

  • Young Farmers Ollie Pain, left, and Harry Smith.

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THE deaths of young farmers Ollie Pain and Harry Smith are at the forefront of a national rural road safety campaign.

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs, supported by NFU Mutual, has launched Drive It Home to reduce the number of people killed or injured in crashes on country lanes.

It comes after Ollie, 18, and his 17-year-old passenger Harry died in a crash on a rural road near Michaelwood.

Ollie, who lives in North Nibley, and Harry, who was from Dursley, were killed on November 13.

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The campaign was launched at the ProDrive Centre in Kenilworth, where expert drivers from Drive Doctors took Young Farmers' members on a skid pan to give them a better understanding of the risks of driving on challenging road surfaces.

Anne Hollingworth, Young Farmers' organiser for Glouc-estershire, said: "It is vital we support this campaign. Our members will have the chance to get additional training on the roads."

National chairman Milly Wastie lost a friend who died in a crash on a rural road.

She said: "We want our members to become ambassadors for safer driving."

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