Road safety advice for Ellon’s senior pupils

PC Raymond Neil goes over vehicle checks with S6 pupils at Ellon Academy as part of Grampian Police's Driving Ambition initiative.
PC Raymond Neil goes over vehicle checks with S6 pupils at Ellon Academy as part of Grampian Police's Driving Ambition initiative.

Senior pupils at Ellon Academy are among the latest to receive potentially life-saving advice from experts on safe driving.

It is part of a move by Grampian Police to reduce the number of young drink drivers on the north-east’s roads.

Schools across the region are taking part in the force’s initiative Driving Ambition, which involves officers passing on vital tips on safe driving and vehicle maintenance.

The scheme includes input from Alcohol Support Ltd, offering information on alcohol units, the effects of alcohol, and the lasting damage it can cause.

It is aimed at combating figures which indicate that an alarming number of motorists caught drink-driving in the region are aged between 17 and 25.

S6 pupils at Ellon were involved in the latest phase of the police initiative on Thursday and Friday of last week.

PC Raymond Neil, of Grampian Police road safety section, said: “Basically, it’s a three-pronged attack. We do Safe Drive Stay Alive in fifth year, we then come back and do a follow-up programme and now this is the final phase in S6.

“We have got drivers, we have people learning to drive and some non drivers, so what we do is take them through a structured programme.

“We have a presentation for all the pupils which covers the problems of collisions and the statistics, we have vehicle checks, we have alcohol awareness, because we have a fair problem with young drink drivers, and the school take in driving instructors.

“The ultimate aim is to give the pupils enough information to try and keep them safe as they head out on to the roads. We get fantastic feedback on the initiative and 95 per cent is positive.”

Jenny Radford, health and wellbeing co-ordinator across learning at Ellon Academy, said: “It’s all about educating them as young drivers to try and get them thinking a bit more about not just passing their test, but the implications of driving.

“It’s not about something that’s happening in the future, it’s happening now. It’s more to do with attitude.”