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Bid to tackle young driver deaths
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Police want to work more closely with young drivers
Police chiefs have vowed to work closely with young drivers to try to reduce the number of road deaths.

Official figures recently showed a 10% increase in fatalities across the country last year compared with 2005.

Ch Supt Mike McCormick - casualty reduction spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland - said the statistics were of concern.

He said young drivers would be targeted as a group "more likely" to be involved in such crashes.

The Dumfries and Galloway police officer said there had been a rise in deaths on his region's roads - mirroring the national trend.

2006 ROAD DEATHS BY POLICE FORCE AREA
Strathclyde - 96
Grampian - 62
Lothian and Borders - 42
Northern - 30
Dumfries and Galloway - 25
Tayside - 21
Fife - 19
Central - 19

He described the increase as "absolutely dreadful".

"We really want to do something about that," he said.

"We do see some focus both nationally and, to some extent, locally, about young drivers being a group of people more likely to feature in these crashes rather than other age bands.

"So we really want to work with that group."

A total of 314 people died in 2006, 28 more than the previous year.

An expert panel is now to be brought in to advise the government on safety.

Despite the rise in deaths last year, there has been a longer-term overall downward trend in road accident fatalities.

The figures also revealed there had been a drop in the number of people seriously injured and "slightly injured".


SEE ALSO
Experts advise on road death rise
12 Jun 07 |  Scotland
Funds to help train young drivers
12 Feb 07 |  North East/N Isles
'Crash magnet' message for teens
20 Feb 06 |  Scotland
Big drop in Scottish road deaths
13 Jun 05 |  Scotland
Drive for safe roads near schools
08 Nov 05 |  Scotland
Roads 'greatest threat to youth'
14 Mar 05 |  Scotland

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