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Summit called as road deaths rise
The figures examined road deaths in the first six months of the year
Police are to hold a summit aimed at tackling the rising number of young people dying on Scotland's roads.

Figures published by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) showed a 30% rise in the number of under-25s killed this year.

The Young Driver Strategy Summit will take place in Perth on 6 September.

Hosted by Acpos, it will bring together representatives from driving bodies including the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Road Safety Scotland.

The summit will be opened by transport minister Stewart Stevenson.

We have all seen the devastating consequences of accidents involving young drivers
Transport minister Stewart Stevenson

The Acpos statistics revealed that 45 people under the age of 25 lost their lives on Scotland's roads in the first six months of this year.

This compares to 35 in the first six months of 2006.

Police are set to launch their Rural Road Awareness Weekend on Friday, with Acpos urging Scotland's motorists to slow down on country roads not designed for high speeds.

Chief Constable John Vine, of Tayside Police, said: "I would urge all motorists to be aware of the associated dangers, especially in the countryside, where a high proportion of serious crashes occur.

"We all need to redouble our efforts to reduce the number of road deaths - now and for the future."

'Unnecessary risks'

Mr Stevenson welcomed the move, saying: "We have all seen the devastating consequences of accidents involving young drivers.

"Sadly, too many young drivers are still taking unnecessary risks and putting lives in danger."

This month, three young men were killed in a car crash in central Fife.

Ally Caird, 21, from Auchtertool, James Rankin, 21, from Cowdenbeath, and David Rodger, 20, from Lochgelly, died in the crash on the B925 Kirkcaldy to Auchtertool road.

In total, 129 people died in accidents on the Scotland's roads in the first half of 2007, two less than in the same period in 2006.

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