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Full report: David Coulthard stars in road safety ad

Retired Formula One racing driver David Coulthard is fronting a new campaign aimed at reducing the number of deaths on country roads.

The sporting star - who is from Twynholm in Dumfries and Galloway - wants to show that even the most accomplished drivers can struggle in difficult rural conditions.

Kathryn Samson has this report:


'We are still seeing too many fatalities' says Transport Minister

"Driving on country roads takes more than simply being aware of the basic Highway Code.

"Increased concentration and greater care is needed to adapt to the muddy tracks and changeable conditions, which make country roads particularly tricky."

– David Coulthard

"In Scotland we currently have the lowest road casualty figures since records began.

"Fatalities are down by 11% from 2010 and while even one death on our roads is one too many, there are encouraging signs of progress.

"It's clear that we are still seeing too many fatalities and serious injuries that are avoidable.

"We know that male drivers make up three-quarters of those killed on our roads and 70% of fatal accidents happen on country roads.

"I hope that David Coulthard, a Formula One legend, can help convince them to change their dangerous driving habits."

– Keith Brown, Transport Minister for Scotland

David Coulthard fronts new safety drive

David Coulthard Credit: PA

The former Formula One driver David Coulthard is starring in a new safety advert which aims to reduce the number of deaths on country roads.

Coulthard, who comes from the village of Twynholm in Dumfries and Galloway, said he is backing the campaign because he did much of his early driving on rural roads in the south-west Scotland.

In the TV advert, Coulthard demonstrates to motorists that even the best drivers adjust their speed on country roads.

Coulthard pays tribute to 'super' sister

David Coulthard spoke movingly of his family's loss:

We are here to remember my sister, the Lynsay who would always find a way of making fun and a way of shocking. I’ll remember her of course as my wee sister, born on April Fools Day but was no fool and was far from it. Being Easter my father would call her ‘super chic’ and that’s what I called her as well because she was ‘super.’

“She was absolutely beautiful and in love with Will. My family want to pay tribute all the support we have had from people here and from all over"

– David Coulthard


Profile: Lynsay Jackson

Lynsay Jackson, the sister of Formula One driver David Coulthard, has been found dead at her home near Dumfires in Scotland. Here are some facts about her:

  • 35 years old- Married environmental health officer Will Jackson in August 2011

  • Used to run The David Coulthard Museum dedicated to her brother's sporting achievements in his home village of Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire

  • David Coulthard once said she had more "natural" driving talent than him

Sister of David Coulthard found dead

The sister of Formula One racing star David Coulthard has been found dead at her home in Crossmichael, South West Scotland.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the home of 35 year-old Lynsay Jackson this morning.

Mrs Jackson ran the David Coulthard Museum in Twynholm. She is survived by her husband, Will, and eight month old daughter Emilie.

“It’s a terrible shock for everyone. She was so well-known as are the family. It’s a really sad day for everyone.”

– Family friend

Her mother and father Joyce and Duncan Coulthard are flying home from Australia where they are on holiday. The news was broken to them early this morning and to brother David who was appearing live on cook programme on TV – it is believed the news was broken to him after show.

“We can confirm that a 35-year-old woman was found dead in her home today in Crossmichael.

“Our enquiries into her death are on-going at this time but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and a report is being prepared for the procurator fiscal.”

– A Dumfries and Galloway Police spokesman