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Ready for Winter? campaign helps Scots prepare for severe weather

Ready for Winter? campaign helps Scots prepare for severe weather

Stripe today launched ‘Ready for Winter?’, the Scottish Government campaign to encourage more people and businesses across Scotland to consider if they are ready for winter, and to think about what they can do to make sure they’re ready for severe weather or a prolonged icy snap.

Following research which shows the majority of Scots are concerned about the prospect of severe weather, the ‘Ready for Winter?’ campaign will remind individuals of the risks and consequences of being underprepared.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who has responsibility for resilience issues, said: “The evidence of the last two winters has shown that individuals and communities are stronger when they help themselves and help others. We also know that people want to be better prepared for whatever conditions they might have to face, and are looking for advice and information to help them get ready for winter.”

Festive drink drug drive campaign launches

Festive drink drug drive campaign launches

One year after the introduction of a vehicle forfeiture scheme for those convicted in Scotland of drink or drug driving for a second time, 357 repeat offenders have been caught and a total 105 vehicles seized or forfeited as of 16 November 2010 – an average of two a week across Scotland.

These latest figures have been released as Stripe helped launch the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) Festive Drink Drug Driving Campaign 2010. The month long campaign runs from December 6th until the 3rd of January 2011and will see all eight Scottish police forces taking part. The campaign is supported by the Scottish Government and road safety partners across Scotland.

This year’s launch took place at Lothian & Borders Police Headquarters, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh on Monday 6th December with Chief Constable David Strang, Executive Vice President of ACPOS, Kenny MacAskill Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini QC.

For this year’s campaign ACPOS have teamed up with the independent charity Crimestoppers to encourage people across Scotland to report anyone they suspect of drink or drug driving over the festive season.

The message is clear for those people who think about drink or drug driving, don’t risk it.