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Summary

  1. The Education Committee takes evidence on additional support needs from key stakeholders
  2. Portfolio questions: culture, tourism and external affairs followed by the justice and law brief
  3. The Scottish Conservatives lead a debate on education
  4. The Scottish Conservatives lead another debate on culture
  5. Tory MSP Alexander Stewart leads this evening's member's debate entitled 'Safe Drive, Stay Alive Project'

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live

    Holyrood night

    That's all from Holyrood Live for Wednesday 1 March 2017.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning.

    Have a good night.

  2. Road safety report due in Spring

    The transport minister

    Mr Yousaf says the government commissioned an evaluation of Safe Drive, Stay Alive , which was qualitative and based on the perceptions it was positive.

    The transport minister says there is a need for more evaluative evidence to explore the changes in behaviour to attain the framework targets.

    He says the government is working closely with the Transport Research Laboratory and a report is due in Spring.

  3. Pre-driver interventions highly important - minister

    Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf says the mid-term review highlighted that pre-driver interventions are necessary and these are run throughout Scotland. 

    Learner plate on a car

    Mr Yousaf thanks all those involved in Safe Drive Stay Alive.

    The transport minister says partnership working is at the heart of everything this government tries to do.

    He says there is an additional £160m going to local government thanks to recent negotiations. 

  4. 'There is no room for complacency'

    Transport Minister Humza Yousaf
    Image caption: Transport Minister Humza Yousaf

    Transport Minister Humza Yousaf begins by praising the Safe Drive, Stay Alive campaign and also the Alloa Advertiser for its articles on the projects.

    Mr Yousaf says the government's road safety framework aims to achieve no fatalities on Scotland's roads.

    The minister says he wants to live in a Scotland where that is achieved and he says Scotland is on track.

    He says: "There is no room for complacency or resting on our laurels."

  5. Young drivers 'less likely to spot hazards'

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Clare Adamson

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson says this is a powerful event and it is certainly very valuable. 

    Ms Adamson says young drivers are ten times more likely to be involved in accidents and they are "less likely to spot hazards."

    The SNP MSP says brains do not mature until people are well into their twenties meaning young people are inherently at risk.

    She thanks Safe Drive Stay Alive for educating young people on road safety. 

  6. No doubt about the success of Safe Drive, Stay Alive

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith
    Image caption: Labour MSP Elaine Smith

    Labour MSP Elaine Smith says is it is right that these extremely hard hitting events are highlighted.

    Ms Smith says the events provide invaluable lessons to youngsters and she says she has no doubt about the success of Safe Drive, Stay Alive .

    She says accident statistics show there were 36 deaths of those under 25 years old in car crashes in 2015 and says she wants to send her condolences to all the families who lost a loved one.

  7. 'Shock and awe does work'

    Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst says Edinburgh has a similar road safety event,  Streets Ahead , which has been running for six years.

    Streets Ahead website

    Mr Lindhurst pays tribute to all those involved in setting up the events.

    The Tory MSP says "shock and awe does work". 

    He says the greatest mistake would be to "rest on our laurels" because a car accident can have far reaching and devastating consequences. 

    Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst
    Image caption: Tory MSP Gordon Lindhurst
  8. Green MSP says the continuation of this groundbreaking approach requires funding

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell says he would like to thank the families who have contributed to the Safe Drive, Stay Alive project.

    Mr Ruskell also thanks the contributions from the emergency services.

    He too highlights the hard hitting and emotive events with people telling their real life stories.

    Green MSP Mark Ruskell
    Image caption: Green MSP Mark Ruskell

    Mr Ruskell tells of two stories that had a huge impact on him in his youth.

    The first was a classmate of his at primary school killed out on his bike one evening leading to a sense of disbelief and grief.

    The Green MSP then highlights the case of teenagers killed in a crash in Edinburgh when he was in high school.

    CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL
    Image caption: Mr Ruskell is consulting on a bill to reduce the default restrictive speed limit to 20mph

    Mr Ruskell says the continuation of this groundbreaking approach requires funding.

    The Green MSP says he is consulting on a member's bill to change the default restrictive speed limit from 30mph to 20mph.

  9. Calls for government to match local authority commitment to project

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley
    Image caption: Labour MSP Alex Rowley

    Labour MSP Alex Rowley says evidence suggests this project is having a real impact and road deaths have dropped since the project started.

    Mr Rowley says there is a concern around funding and he has written to the three local authorities in the area who have all came back very positively with a committment for future funding.  

    The Labour MSP says there seems to be a commitment from local authorities and he calls on the government to match this.

  10. 'This is terrifying because behind every statistic is real people'

    Tory MSP Liam Kerr says he is particularly pleased to contribute to this debate because he was involved in a car accident 31 years ago which resulted in the scar on his forehead.

    Tory MSP Liam Kerr
    Image caption: Tory MSP Liam Kerr

    Mr Kerr says young drivers are involved in over 20% of the accidents on Scotland's roads.

    The Tory MSP says the roads in Scotland's north east are ranked the most dangerous.

    "This is terrifying because behind every statistic is real people," he says.

  11. 40,000 school children have visited Safe Drive, Stay Alive in Forth Valley

    Stay Drive, Stay Alive
    Image caption: Stay Drive, Stay Alive

    SNP MSP David Torrance says the Safe Drive, Stay Alive initiative is essential in his constituency of Kirkcaldy.

    Mr Torrance says 40,000 school children have visited the project in Forth Valley in the last 11 years.

    He says the project has led to financial savings of £45m. 

    SNP MSP David Torrance
    Image caption: SNP MSP David Torrance
  12. Parliament must work together to 'maintain, retain and sustain this life-saving project'

    Alexander Stewart

    Mr Stewart says a car accident can turn someone's world upside down and these events can make young people really think about the consequences of their driving.

    The Tory MSP says organising events of this nature costs money and funding is now in jeopardy due to council's prioritising budgets.

    He says he hopes today's debate highlights issues and it is important that the chamber works together to "maintain, retain and sustain" this "life-saving project". 

  13. Safe Drive, Stay Alive events are 'hard hitting, which makes the so effective'

    Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart

    Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart says his debate is an opportunity to recognise the wonderful work of the Safe Drive Stay Alive project.

    Mr Stewart says the projects have attracted around 40,000 youngsters over the last twenty years.

    He says his personal experience of the event he attended was very hard hitting, which is what makes it so effective. 

  14. Cuts to council budgets threatening safety project says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Alexander Stewart highlights the Safe Drive, Stay Alive project , which educates teenagers and young adults on the seriousness of complacency, recklessness or dangerous driving.

    The project is aimed at reducing the number of youngsters killed or who have had life-changing injuries in road traffic accidents.  

    Mr Stewart says 40,000 young people from Forth Valley have attended the events in the last 11 years.

    Safe Drive, Stay Alive project

    He says the Scottish events, which are organised by the Central Safe Drive Group, are under threat due to funding.

    The Tory MSP says that all three Central Scotland councils previously funded the events, which costs around £23,000.

    He says funding is no longer available due to cuts to local government budgets. 

    Central Safe Drive Group says road deaths in the 16 to 25 age group dropped from an average of 11 between 2006 and 2008 to zero count during 2014-15.

  15. Post update

    Scottish Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart will now lead a debate on the Safe Drive, Stay Alive project. 

    Here is Mr Stewart's motion. 

    Motion
  16. The Tory motion as amended on the new BBC Scotland channel is agreed to unanimously

    The Scottish Conservative motion as amended on the new BBC Scotland Digital Channel is agreed to unanimously. 

    Motion
    Gov amendment
    Labour amendment