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Last Updated: Monday, 20 February 2006, 13:29 GMT
'Crash magnet' message for teens
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Risky driving behaviour has led to the phrase 'crash magnets'
A new road safety campaign is to target teenage drivers in an effort to reduce casualties on Scottish roads.

The classroom resource, Crash Magnets, which was piloted in 20 secondary schools, aims to reduce "risky behaviour" which can cause accidents.

Five films delve into the role of the emergency services and the harrowing aftermath of a serious crash.

The term "crash magnets" was coined to describe drivers most likely to be involved in a car crash.

This could include teenagers with their own car, friends with cars or access to a parent's car.

Stayed safe

Transport Minister Tavish Scott said two young people were killed or injured in road accidents each day in Scotland.

Launching the roll-out of the resource at Anderson High School in Shetland on Monday, he said road safety education had a vital role to play in ensuring that young people stayed safe on roads.

He said: "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."

Police forces are fully aware of the factors that lead to drivers being identified as 'crash magnets'
Chief constable John Vine

Chief constable John Vine welcomed the Scottish Executive's road safety programme.

"Police forces throughout Scotland are fully aware of the factors that lead to drivers being identified as 'crash magnets'," he said,

"And they are striving to reduce road casualties that result from drivers whose risky behaviour makes them more likely to cause accidents."

The DVD resource also includes case studies and role play scenarios to encourage pupils to think about issues such as speeding, drink driving, drug driving and in-car safety.

Road Safety Manager Elizabeth Lumsden said Crash Magnets would get the safety message across to teenagers in a way that captured their interest.

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