POLICE Scotland have launched a campaign to promote safer driving.

The force wants to crack down on those speeding, using mobile phones at the wheel and not wearing seatbelts.

The push started at the weekend on Saturday, November 9 and runs until Friday, November 15.

Officers want to highlight the importance of wearing a seatbelt in the front and rear of all vehicles.

Seatbelts can prevent more serious injuries being inflicted, particularly if you are sitting in the rear of a car.

Figures revealed in 2017 that 27 per cent of people who died in cars in the UK were not wearing a seatbelt.

More recently, in 2018, statistics for road causalities in Scotland highlight that driver error or reaction was reported in 65 per cent of all reported crashes.

Travelling too fast was a factor in 16 per cent of fatal crashes and driving while using a mobile phone was a factor in five fatal crashes.

Chief Inspector Simon Bradshaw said: “We know that using a mobile phone, driving while distracted, travelling at inappropriate speeds and not wearing a seatbelt are significant factors in fatal and serious injury crashes.

“This is why we take the matter seriously as they are avoidable, which makes it all the more tragic when people are killed in road crashes under these circumstances.

Police Scotland works closely with other road safety agencies and partners to highlight the importance of driving safely but we cannot do this alone. We need motorists to take road safety seriously and to change their behaviour.”