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Thread: North police commended

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    Default North police commended

    Scheme to reduce number of young drivers killed very successful in Caithness and Sutherland areas

    NORTH Division officers have been recognised at the national Scottish Policing Awards for their partnership work on the Driving Ambition programme in Caithness, Sutherland and East Ross.
    PCs Joanna Copsey and Angie Grant-Omotosho - in partnership with the Highland Council - received Commended certificates from Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill at the Scottish Police College this week, for their part in successfully delivering the young driver initiative.
    Driving Ambition was originally created by the Highland Road Safety Working Group back in 1997 and has further developed over the years.
    The group consists of representatives from the Northern Constabulary, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, Scotland Transerv, Bear, The MOD Police, Scottish Ambulance Service and the Red Cross.
    Joanna and Angie have committed a vast amount of time and effort into this important and worthwhile project, which aims to reduce the number of young drivers killed or seriously injured on the roads.
    The programme, which continues to be delivered to every fifth and sixth year pupil in Caithness and Sutherland, focuses on enforcement, car modification and vehicle seizure. HIFRS provide inputs about their role at the scene of a road traffic collision.
    PC Joanna Copsey said: “This initiative has been very successful in Caithness, Sutherland and East Ross in educating young road users about the responsibilities they have whilst learning to drive and becoming a new driver. Driving Ambition is a half day multi-agency intervention programme for 5th and 6th year pupils who have started or are about to start driving.”
    Police provide inputs to young drivers with regards to enforcement, car modification and vehicle seizure.
    Highland and Islands Fire and Rescue Service speak to youngsters about their role at the scene of a road traffic collision and the Red Cross give an input on 1st aid at the scene.
    Local mechanics take a look “Under the Bonnet,” the Seatbelt Convincer (full size simulator) highlights the impact of a low speed collision and the important role the seatbelt plays and the Highland Council provides an interactive road safety set, which includes hazard perception.
    In the past three years the partnership has ensured that over 1000 pupils have gone through the Driving Ambition programme, either through schools or the North Highland College.
    The Highland Road Safety Working Group continues to expand the Driving Ambition programme and it will continue to be delivered across the Force throughout 2012.
    Last edited by Nwicker60; 28-Nov-11 at 19:10.

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