Police announce day of speed... on go-karts

POLICE are offering selected young motorists the chance to take part in a day of speed... at a go-karting course.

As part of Grampian Police’s series of young drivers’ roadshows, a karting event has been organised on August 31 at Lochter Activity Centre, Oldmeldrum, for young drivers in the area. The event will see a number of local youngsters, representing different areas of the north-east, tackling the centre’s go-karting course, before taking part in a ‘JCB bucket challenge’. Winners will receive certificates, trophies, and a ‘skills for life’ package containing high visibility vests, ice scrapers, tax disc holders and tyre depth gauges.

The event is the last in a series held over two years which saw police taking their message to events and venues across the north-east in an effort to drive home the message about safe motoring.

PC Raymond Neil, who has helped co-ordinate the campaign over the past two years, says that he considered the roadshows to have been successful.

“What the roadshows have done is build bridges between the police and young drivers, and taken across our message in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

“It was once the case that the kids who came along were the good drivers who really didn’t need the information: but we know that we have been reaching out to youngsters who have maybe already come to our attention, and that’s valuable. Hopefully lives will be saved, and there will be fewer collisions.

He added that due to funding cuts, the events would be difficult to stage in future.

“Although we expect the funding for the roadshows to be cut in coming years, which will make it more difficult to hold them, we hope that something similar can be done in future,” he said.

Last year, Grampian Police reported a 9% reduction in the number of road traffic collisions in the north-east of Scotland. The region remains notorious, however, for hazardous roads, with the Times reporting 18-year old Brendon Main’s death just two weeks ago.

Information about the roadshows can be obtained by contacting 01224 306731, or e-mailing roadsafety@grampian.pnn.police.uk