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Pupils at Kemnay Academy given lessons on Road Safety

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Pupils at Kemnay Academy have been given lessons on road safety during a Driving Ambition session at the school.

The event aimed at S6 pupils included an interactive presentation from Driving Standards Agency intructors on learning to drive and tips on car maintenance.

Practical demonstrations included a brake reaction tester system and "beer goggles" that simulate the effects of alcohol.

Recent figures have shown that a third of drink-drivers caught in Grampian in 2011 were aged between 17 and 25.

The session run by Road Safety Grampian with the help of funding from the Garioch & North Marr Community Safety Group, also featured a presentation from Alcohol Support drink-drive manager Michele Binnie.

Constable Raymond Neil, from Road Safety Grampian, said the initiative provided valuable information to the students. He said:

"Hopefully it will change the mindset of some, and make them think before they decide to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking."

Councillor Ron McKail, Chairman of the Garioch & North Marr Community Safety Group 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 on the road."

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