Driving Ambition for Kemnay pupils

Kemany Academy pupils Christina Robinson, Peter Mitchell and Natali Shaw with Constable Neil Robertson from Road Safety Grampian.
Kemany Academy pupils Christina Robinson, Peter Mitchell and Natali Shaw with Constable Neil Robertson from Road Safety Grampian.

PUPILS at Kemnay Academy have been learning about different aspects of road safety as part of a programme run by Road Safety Grampian.

The Driving Ambition event, which was held on Tuesday (February 26), took place with the help of funding from Garioch and North Marr Community Safety Group (CSG).

The programme, aimed at S6 students, covers a wide range of activities focused on road safety, including an interactive presentation from Driving Standards Agency (DSA) staff on learning to drive, a session on car maintenance and practical demonstrations including the Brake Reaction Tester and alcohol simulation Beer Goggles.

The format of the programme was changed last year, with the introduction of a presentation from Michele Binnie, Drink Drive Manager from Alcohol Support Ltd.

Pupils learn about alcohol units, the effects and lasting damage of alcohol and also take part in practical exercises to raise their awareness of the dangers involved.

Constable Raymond Neil, from Road Safety Grampian, said: “This is another excellent example of partnership working and I’m sure that the students gain valuable knowledge from this input.

“Hopefully this will change the mindset of some and make them think before they decide to get behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking.”

Money from the Garioch and North Marr CSG helped fund attendance of the driving instructors.

CSG chair, Councillor Ron McKail, said: “It is absolutely vital that youngsters who are learning to drive are fully aware of the dangers involved and the importance of behaving responsibly behind the wheel.

“Road Safety Grampian provides a very comprehensive road safety programme and the interactive elements of the Driving Ambition events are a great way to engage with young people.”