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A Project aimed at saving the lives of young North-east cyclists has been launched at schools in and around Fraserburgh. Grampian Police have teamed up with the Fraserburgh and District Community Safety Group to launch the drive among local schools.

Pupils are being offered cycle helmets at a specially-arranged discount price. The stylish Raleigh Missile helmets can be bought for £10, more than a third off their usual price. Mintlaw traffic sergeant David Pirie has been spear-heading the scheme. He said:

"This is something I'd been hoping to get going for a long time."

Harbours store in Fraserburgh has offered GrampianPolice the helmets at an especially low price.

Traffic police, along with members of the Fraserburgh and District Community Safety Group, have been visiting schools to let them know the dangers of cycling or skating unprotected. Road safety officer Yvonne Payne has been getting pupils to take part in a role-play to highlight the importance of cycling safety. Pupils are then invited to order a helmet in a choice of colours.

Sgt Pirie said:

"We are targeting 2,300 children. In the past four years, more than 100 child cyclists have been injured in accidents - many have received serious injuries. We'd like to bring that figure right down."

A total of 15 schools have been participating in the Initiative.

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