David Stewart MSP

Sensible Driving – Always arriving

7  September 2010

Posters are being displayed in 180 Stagecoach buses throughout the Highlands urging young people to drive safely following a campaign led by Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart.

The ‘Deadly Mates’ posters, based on a Welsh Road Safety Partnership Campaign is aimed at creating more responsible young motorists and urges passengers to have the confidence to get out of a car if they are worried about it is being driven.

David Stewart launched a campaign in June to stop young people from dying on Scotland’s roads after meeting Diane Matheson, mother of 17-year-old Callum Matheson, who tragically died in a Fatal car collision along with another teenager in Inverness during March this year.

David Stewart said “I am delighted that Stagecoach Bus have agreed to support the campaign in getting a message across to all, which will hopefully cut the number of young people dying or being seriously injured on our roads.

“This campaign, which is being led by interested and concerned people from within our community , including young people, is all about pushing the barriers to ensure we hammer home the safety message.

“The most at risk are young men between 17 and 25 and the ‘Deadly mates’ posters are one way of trying to get our safety message across.”

At a recent meeting held by the campaign group to progress this campaign, issues such as mandatory display of a ‘P’ plate for 90 days after successful completion of a driving test, a graduated driving test with night driving and a section on driver observation included, a limit on the size of engine in a car that can be driven by a young driver and also a limit on the number of passengers a young driver could carry in a vehicle.

The group are looking at many more initiatives including the introduction of an Insurance based tracker device which would allow the driver to have a reduced premium as long as they did not take their vehicle out between set periods.

Every time they broke this curfew their premium would go up by £50.

Russell Henderson, Engineering Director of Stagecoach in the Highlands said: “As a company safety is our number one priority so road issues are always at the forefront of our business.

“We are delighted to be involved in such a worthy project and hope that by publicising this message on our buses we can help spread the word across the Highlands.”

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Written by davidstewart

September 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

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