Youngsters learn about road safety

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A group of eight budding drivers have been learning about road safety and the laws around vehicle use as part of a youth work project in Portlethen.

The teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were shown the practical side of driving by a qualified instructor, before they got their hands dirty learning about what is under the bonnet of a car, at a local garage.

The youngsters have been awarded certificates from Youth Scotland following their participation in the Momentum Project.

Momentum was co-ordinated by the Portlethen Community Learning and Development (CLD) team and was funded by the North Kincardine Community Development Group.

The participants took part in activities spanning 30 hours which were delivered by the CLD team in partnership with Grampian Police, Lethen Motors, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and Carnegie Base Services.

Portlethen CLD worker Gordon Constable said: “This is the fourth year that we have run the Momentum Project in Portlethen and once again it has been a great success and extremely well received by all those taking part, all of whom had the opportunity to learn many new skills.”

It is hoped that the course will help the budding drivers to understand the importance of being safe on the road and how best to look after themselves, their passengers and their vehicle once they get their driving licence.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning & Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “Learning to drive is an exciting part of being a teenager but it is important that all budding drivers are taught about how to stay safe on the roads.

“Through the Momentum Project these youngsters have been given a good introduction to road safety, driving and also how the car works and how to maintain a vehicle.”

Committee vice-chair, Cllr Ron McKail, said: “It is fantastic to see these teenagers gaining an understanding of vital road safety issues, and I am pleased to see that the programme will be offered to more youngsters in the coming year.”