Young drivers roadshows planned in North-east...

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Grampian Police is hoping to drive home road safety messages at a series of Young Driver Roadshows throughout the summer months.

The events are aimed at informing young motorists about the dangers of the road. Last year officers spoke to more than 570 young drivers.

And Road Safety Grampian is hoping the scheme will help slash the number of young people being involved in road traffic collisions after a reduction last year.

PC Raymond Neil said: “We have an ongoing commitment to reduce the number of people being killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in the North-east of Scotland, and this is done through the five Es – Engineering, Encouragement, Enforcement, Education and Evaluation.”

The roadshows are set to continue this year, and will follow a similar format with the use of brake reaction timers to assess your reaction times and let you feel the positive effect of wearing a seatbelt on our seatbelt convincer.

They will also give motorists an indication of how their ability is impaired by the effects of drink or drugs by using impairment goggles.

Officers will also be on hand to give safety tips on vehicle maintenance, as well as the opportunity of having a demonstration drive by an Advanced Police Driver.

PC Neil added: “Last year, our road shows culminated in a ‘Go-Kart and other activities event at Lochter Activity Centre, Oldmeldrum. This is where one Young Driver from each area, who participated, was selected via a free prize draw to take part in the go-kart event.

“This was a ‘Time Trial’ race against members from Road Safety Grampian as well as all the other participants. We also took part in a ‘bucket’ and ‘Segway’ challenge. Trophies were handed out to the winners of the go-kart race and after the event we all had a bite to eat at the centre. All of those that took part had a fantastic time.

“Because of this, we decided to do the same again and I am delighted to announce that one of our partners, ‘NEXEN Petroleum’ have agreed to fund the event. It is great to see the amount of support we have in relation to road safety. The Lochter event is to be held on 23 August between 6 and 9pm.”

This year’s roadshows are being held between 6.30pm and 9.30 hours at Ellon’s Park and Ride Car Park on May 31 and at Peterhead’s Focus car park on June 28 to which everyone is welcome.

For fuirther information contact the Road Safety Grampian on 01224 306731 or e-mail roadsafety@grampian.pnn.police.uk