Experts meet over UK road safety

A national drive to improve safety on Britain's roads has taken a step forward following a meeting of experts in Glasgow.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) hosted the event, which brought together police officers and road safety experts to help develop a UK-wide Safe Road Use programme.

It is part of the national Learning to Drive campaign launched by Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly with the hope of changing attitudes to driving in the UK. The aim is to ensure young people grow more aware of road safety issues and become better drivers.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is to now launch educational material for youngsters aged 14-16 in the hope of informing young people on safe road and safe driving techniques before they get behind the wheel.

The fresh approach is part of the Government's plan to educate road users about better driving rather than restricting and legislating.

Rosemary Thew, chief executive of the Driving Standards Agency, said: "We believe we need a fresh cultural and educational approach to improving driving standards and we have consulted with experts to achieve this. I am confident that the end product from SQA and the DSA will give fresh insight into the trials and tribulations youngsters face when they first take to our busy roads."

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