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Driving while using a smartphone just isn't smart (latest news)

Using smartphones for social networking while behind the wheel is more dangerous than drink driving, according to research by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). Despite this, eight percent of drivers admit to using smartphones for email and social networking while driving.

The research also reveals that 24% of 17 - 24 year old drivers – a group already at higher risk of being in a crash – admit to using smartphones for email and social networking while driving.

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Record sales for Volkswagen Group (latest news)

The Volkswagen Group has reported record vehicle sales, sales revenue and earnings in 2011 and is confident about its prospects for 2012. According to the Group's financial results, published on Monday, sales revenue was up 25.6% to €159.3 billion in 2011.

From a vehicle sales point of view, group deliveries climbed 14.7% percent to 8.3 million and the Volkswagen Group’s global share of the passenger car market rose from 11.3% to 12.3%.

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Historic Scotland launches 2012 Event Programme (latest news)

Historic Scotland has celebrated the start of this year’s visitor season by announcing a packed programme of exciting events.

This year, Scotland’s finest heritage attractions will play host to a variety of entertaining events, from jousting at Linlithgow Palace to medieval mayhem at Caerlaverock Castle and spectacular historic re-enactments across the centuries at Fort George.

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Beware morning-after motoring (latest news)

More than one in 10 motorists (13%) who were arrested for drink-driving last year were caught between 5 am and 12 noon, according to new statistics.

The startling figure was revealed after a Freedom of Information request by Autoglass to Britain’s 43 police forces. This showed that in 2011 there were a total of 39,259 drink-drive arrests in the 26 constabularies that responded to the enquiry, with 5,049 of those taking place in the seven hours up to midday.

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Scottish Tourism Week 2012 (latest news)

Next week sees the start of Scottish Tourism Week 2012, which aims aim to raise awareness of tourism as Scotland's most sustainable industry.

Run by the Scottish Tourism Forum (STF), Scottish Tourism week is now in its seventh year, and will see a number of events take place across Scotland between the 6th and 13th of March.

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