History of YDI in Scotland

Young Driver Interventions (YDIs) were first launched in the USA and have gradually been adapted for the UK over the last ten years. Increasingly, in Scotland, schools are taking advantage of YDIs which are run by Community Safety Partnerships.

YDI's can take a number of formats:

  • Live shows with the emergency services doing demonstrations, and victims of road accidents talking about their experiences
  • Theatre in Education performing Friends Disunited (a play for senior secondary students dealing with becoming a driver) followed by ‘meet the professionals’ (Police, Fire Service, etc)
  • Practical hands-on experiences with breathalysers, enforcement cameras, etc.

Many of these YDIs are held in venues away from the school. Others are held within the school. Such interventions are numerous and inventive and evaluations can vary from robust scientific research, to short questionnaires handed out to attendees on the day. It is the diverse nature of such events that has attracted interest and invited questions as to how successful they are.

To this end, RSS set up a working group to collate information about these YDIs and assess the extent to which they are rolled out nationally, with the engagement of community partners. This group includes representatives from the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, Road Traffic Engineering, Road Safety, Transport Scotland Road Safety Researcher, Scottish Government Education Directorate and a Young Driver Behaviour Specialist. Data about interventions south of the border and further afield has been tabled and outside speakers invited to give presentations. An intern was appointed through the Centre for Scottish Public Policy as a Road Safety Events Reporter, to complete the mapping exercise

Get into Gear has been developed by this working group.