Pilot scheme for older drivers

A scheme has been running in Dumfries and Galloway to help drivers stay safe and keep driving for longer.

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Since the beginning of this year, a scheme has been running in Dumfries and Galloway to help older drivers stay safe, and to keep them driving for longer.

Matthew Taylor reports.

Safety course for older drivers

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A scheme is running in Dumfries and Galloway to help older drivers stay safe and keep driving for longer.

Participants receive three free lessons with a qualified driving instructor and have the chance to take a driving test.

Police and the local NHS launched the programme at the beginning of winter as there had been a rise in the number of elderly motorists involved in accidents.

More than forty mature drivers have taken part so far.

We have an ageing population so the number of people in this age group is rising and the law of averages will tell us that the more people in particular driving age group, the more crashes involving those people so it's as simple as that."

– Sgt Billy McEwan, Police Scotland

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