Roads policing officers have been teaming up with counterparts in the MoD to help soldiers who have recently returned from ops stay safe behind the wheel.
The move comes in the wake of statistics showing that troops are more vulnerable to collisions when they return from theatres such as Afghanistan.
â€œIt would be incomprehensible for a soldier to have survived his tour in Afghanistan only to succumb to a road traffic collision.â€
The grim figures show that UK road deaths among military personnel are on the increase again, with 28 killed off duty, and nine on duty, during 2010.
This compared with some 27 off-duty and one on-duty death the previous year. The statistics hit a recent spike in 2007, when 37 died off duty and 14 on duty.
It is believed that up to six months of driving in unusual conditions, on the wrong side of the road or commanding slower military vehicles may be among the reasons why.
The post operational RTC fatalities have included LCpl Paul Knight (20) of 4th Battalion The Rifles, who died with 22-year-old Nathan Long in an RTC five years ago near Bulford Camp in Wiltshire â€“ just hours after returning from Iraq.
In a move to help soldiers stay safe on their post operational leave Northern Constabulary â€“ which covers the Fort George area where the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Black Watch) is based â€“ has been forging strong relationships with troops who have just returned from Afghanistan.
Officers recently joined forces with MoD Police colleagues for a presentation on safer driving with the message â€“ â€œYou are tough, but not invincibleâ€.
Capt Alec Rose, second-in-command of the battalion rear party, told reporters: â€œBefore they head off on post operational leave I felt it beneficial to give soldiers a reminder of the dangers of driving on the UK road network.
â€œIt would be incomprehensible for a soldier to have survived his tour in Afghanistan only to succumb to a road traffic collision â€“ the event gives everyone a timely reminder of the need to drive both safely and considerately.â€
Insp Derek Paterson, Head of Roads Policing at Northern Constabulary said: â€œWe welcome the support of the Army and it is pleasing to see it providing troops with road safety information, including the risks of speeding and drink-driving.â€
Alan Jones, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Walesâ€™s Roads Policing Group, said officers could play a role in helping to keep troops safe.
Praising the Northern Constabulary initiative he added: â€œAt the end of the day, if we can assist with road safety in any way then that has to be a good thing.
â€œIt is entirely understandable that soldiers who have been away for some time will have been under considerable strain â€“ they may wish to look at their driving habits again.â€