Highland Life logo

Highland Life / News / Northern Constabulary News / North Division rolls out its latest Driving Ambition road safety programme for senior pupils in Caithness and Sutherland

North Division rolls out its latest Driving Ambition road safety programme for senior pupils in Caithness and Sutherland

Issued: 20 Sep 2010

Northern Constabulary's North Division will tomorrow roll out a series of multi-agency Driving Ambition programmes to educate senior pupils about road safety.

Driving Ambition is an interactive and informative road show targeting 6th year pupils who will visit different sets over a three hour period, each focusing on a specific road safety element with a view to encouraging young people to be safe and responsible learners, drivers and passengers.

The session begins with the screening of Northern Constabulary's Just Another Day DVD, featuring Donald Geddes. It tells the story of an Ullapool man whose high speed crash left him blind in one eye, partially sighted in the other and forced to live with a host of other medical conditions as a result.

The sets included are:

¿ Learning to Drive - consists of local driving instructors (Nicola Mowat School of Motoring, Thurso; Pete Andrews School of Motoring Ardgay and R Pumphrey School of Motoring, Tain) giving advice on learning to drive, how to apply for a driving test, what to expect during the test and how to pass a test.

¿ Under The Bonnet - local garages (Dunnets of Caithness; Station Garage, Golspie and Kens Garage, Kildary, Ross-shire) will attend to speak about changing a tyre, check tyre pressure, check windscreen wipers and wash as well as information on how to check oil levels.

¿ Enforcement - this input came from Northern Constabulary where pupils are informed of the legalities of driving and modifications and the consequences should they commit an offence.

¿ Red Cross - input on the first responder scheme, airway maintenance and basic first aid for the first person on scene.

¿ Road Safety - an interactive set, hazard perception game, speed limits and general information on young drivers.

¿ Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service ¿ giving overview of their role at the scene of an accident and the equipment that they use.

For the last set all the pupils come together to watch the next chapter of Donald Geddes' DVD which shows the long term impact the crash has had on his life and how he has managed this, showing young people the long term implications that a collision can have.

The events begin tomorrow at Wick High Scool, before moving on to Thurso High School (who will be joined by Farr High School) on Wednesday 22 September and Golspie High School on Thursday (accompanied by Dornoch Academy and Kinlochbervie High Schools). The events end on Friday with Tain Royal Academy, where Jamie Stone MSP will also be in attendance.

© 2010 Highland Public Services Partnership.
Project part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) within the INTERREG IIIB Northern Periphery Programme