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– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 16 July 2010.

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Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

Question S3W-34838

To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans for joint working between the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and police forces in referring young drivers who have committed road traffic offences to an approved referral scheme.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

Young drivers are identified as a priority group in Scotland’s Road Safety Framework, published by the Government in June 2009.

The Government has already been involved in discussions with the Police and the Crown Office on the introduction of a pilot scheme in the Grampian Police Force area which would allow young drivers the opportunity to take additional training to address their unsafe driving behaviour as an alternative to prosecution.

The Government, Police and the Crown Office have also been working together for some years to deliver the Driver Improvement Scheme in Scotland. Under this initiative, drivers who have been charged with careless driving may be offered the opportunity to attend additional training as an alternative to prosecution. The scheme covers drivers of all ages and is available throughout Scotland including the islands.

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