A Scottish Borders partnership initiative aimed at reducing road casualties has won a national road safety award.
On Thursday 11th October, Brake held their annual Fleet Safety Awards in Birmingham where the Drivewise campaign won the Road Safety in the Community Award.
Drivewise was launched in 2016 and is a multi-agency commitment to reduce the number of injury and fatal collisions in the Borders by providing a variety of educational programmes delivering practical and theoretical inputs to participants. The project is aimed at people who live in the Scottish Borders aged 14 to 25 and those over 65.
One element of Drivewise involved Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Borders Council, Volvo UK and Cleland Volvo delivering a range of inputs throughout the Borders to school pupils aged 14 to 17. These inputs promote safe driving practices, but moreover responsible practices as a passenger in a car and highlight the associated risks of speeding, driving while under the influence, driving without a seatbelt and using mobile devices while driving.
The scheme has proven so successful in the region that it has been rolled out in other areas of the country.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders, said: "It is extremely rewarding to have the Drivewise campaign recognised by a road safety charity and vindicates all the hard work of the partners involved and our ongoing efforts to reduce casualties and fatalities on the Scottish Borders road network.
"We will continue to deliver Drivewise inputs throughout the Borders as well as using a range of other education and enforcement tactics to keep our roads safe. As always, I am grateful to our colleagues from the other emergency services, commercial industry and third sector for their continued support.
"Road safety remains one of our top priorities and I would ask motorists of all ages to always consider their actions when behind the wheel, so as not to put themselves or others at risk."