Road safety is Magic

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A number of primary pupils in the Mearns and Kincardine area are set to learn that Road safety is magic as part of an Aberdeenshire Council safety campaign.

The pupils will learn practical road safety skills through the medium of magic with a series of shows across the area from October 31 to November 11.

The Road Safety Magic Show is one of many initiatives run by Aberdeenshire Council to educate school pupils about road safety. Pupils will enjoy a performance of ‘Road Safety as if by Magic’ by Scottish Champions of State Magic Alan Innes and Allan Petrie of Allansmagic.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee Peter Argyle said: “As the nights are getting darker it is important for the council to continue to reinforce the message of road safety. These magic shows are an excellent way of conveying that message as they are fun and memorable.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Richard Stroud added: “It is important that our pupils are educated about road safety and that young people are equipped with the necessary skills so that they are aware of traffic when they are taking the journey to and from school. Developing road safety awareness at a young age in such an engaging way is to be commended and I’m delighted that the programme will have reached so many pupils when it finishes this year.”

The one-hour show focuses on getting the key message over to younger children to ‘stop, look, listen and think’ and has been organised by Aberdeenshire Council’s school travel planning teams in partnership with Grampian Police’s Road Safety Unit. The show will also address topics such as using road crossings, holding hands to cross the road as well as walking and cycling safely with special guests ‘Vern the Bird’ and ‘Robbie the Dog’ who will sing to children about the Green Cross Code.

This campaign aims to highlight the potential risks when getting off school transport and the dangers and distractions in this situation and is supported by a TV advert and a dedicated website at www.1second1life.co.uk