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'Crash magnet' message for teens
A new DVD resource, entitled Crash Magnets and aimed at teenagers aged 14-18 years, was launched by Road Safety Scotland last week.
'Crash Magnets' are the young people most likely to be involved in a car crash - teenagers with their own car, those who have friends with cars, and those with access to their parents' car.
Launching the resource at Anderson High School in Shetland - one of 20 schools piloting it - transport minister Tavish Scott said: "Every day in Scotland two young people are killed or injured in road accidents. The message I want our young people to get is - passing the driving test gives you the right to drive, but with that right there are many responsibilities."
Chief constable John Vine added: "Police forces throughout Scotland are fully aware of the factors that lead to drivers being identified as crash magnets - and are striving to reduce casualties resulting from drivers whose risky behaviour makes them more likely to cause accidents."
The DVD comprises five programmes covering subjects including driver distraction, speed, the cruise culture, and drink and drug driving. It explores the role of the emergency services, and portrays the harrowing aftermath of a serious crash.
Young people from across Scotland appear as 'Vox Pop' subjects in each programme, expressing opinions and talking about their experiences.
To read the full article go to: http://www.scotland.gov.uk