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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19821: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the Safe Drive, Stay Alive project has had on road safety in the Forth Valley area, and whether it will consider allocating additional funding outwith the local government settlement to support the initiative.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 20 November 2018

We recognise the import role that our road safety partners play in running pre driver interventions such as Safe Drive Stay Alive. Pre-drivers are a priority focus area and we are committed to improving the road safety knowledge, attitudes and safe behaviours of individuals before they start driving.

Transport Scotland commissioned TRL to carry out research on pre-driver interventions in Scotland. Key findings indicate that there is currently insufficient evidence to demonstrate their effectiveness. The report made a number of recommendations and can be found at: https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/review-and-assessment-of-pre-driver-interventions-in-scotland/

Whilst Scotland's Road Safety Framework to 2020 offers structure and guidance in how partners, including the Scottish Government, work together, deciding which intervention is funded in each area is a matter for delivery partners.