Young drivers and parents are urged to attend next roadshow

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Grampian Police is hoping to drive home road safety messages at Young Driver Roadshow in the Peterhead this week.

The event at the town’s Balmoor Retail Park on Thursday from 6.30pm, is aimed at informing young motorists about the dangers of the road. Last year officers spoke to more than 350 young drivers.

A similar event at Inverurie attracted more than 50 young drivers eager to make the right choices when it came to safe driving.

Road Safety Grampian is hoping the scheme will help slash the number of young people being involved in road traffic collisions after a 9% 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 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 said: “While last year’s events were well attended and appeared to be well received, we are always looking at ways to attract more people to attend.”