Hazard awareness scheme brings new drivers up to speed

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Emergency services in Oban are teaming up to bring new drivers up to ‘safe’ speed.

Anyone who is learning to drive, recently passed their test or who employs first-time drivers is being invited to go along to an event at the town’s fire station this Saturday June 16 from noon to 2pm.

Statistics say young and new drivers are more likely to be involved in serious road collisions so a hard-hitting initiative has been set up .

Oban is the first police office in Argyll to run the early intervention scheme.

An event in March this year was booked out but there are 20 spaces for this weekend.

Sgt Alan Moore and PC Graeme Greenlaw from Oban response policing will be there to deliver a film and discussion presentation which will help drivers think more about safety and identify potential road hazards.

‘We have lots of rural, twisty roads in our area. Tractors can be pulling out of fields, mud on the road. There are lots of different types of hazards.

‘We won’t be there to sit and lecture drivers. It’s all about hazard perception and helping them to become more aware of their actions out there on the road,’ added Sgt Moore.

Firefighters will also be carrying out a rescue demonstration from a wrecked car during the afternoon.

‘We hope these new driver early intervention days will become a regular event,’ said Sgt Moore.

To go along, email ObanSouthTheIslesCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk