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City Wardens back initiative to promote road safety near Aberdeen schools


Aberdeen City Council's City Wardens are teaming up with Grampian Police this week for a national initiative aimed at educating motorists driving near schools.

Senior City warden Davie Henderson and Inspector Kevin Wallace, Aberdeen Road police Department, chat to motorist Megan Adie about the new initiative. The Wardens will have a high visibility presence outside Robert Gordon's College, Danestone, Bucksburn, Newhills, Walker Road and Kaimhill primary schools during Road Safety Week, which runs from today [19 November] to Friday 23 November.

The initiative is led nationally by road safety charity Brake and aims to drive down accidents while emphasising the road safety message. The theme for the 2012 campaign is 'Slower speeds = happy people'.

Wardens, supported by Grampian Police's roads policing team, will be speaking to motorists, parents and members of the public to highlight the general road safety message while stressing the importance of driving carefully near schools. Leaflets from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents will also be distributed.

Aberdeen City Council senior City Warden, Davie Henderson said: "This campaign aims to raise awareness of the vital importance of making it safer for people to walk and cycle in their own community. No one should ever have to feel in danger of what's happening on the roads when they are travelling to work or school.

"Throughout the week the Wardens will be calling on drivers to watch their speed around schools, particularly at the busy times at the start and end of the day. We will be speaking to parents and members of the public to remind them of the potential hazards present at schools and promote the road safety message.

"We are delighted to be supporting this campaign and are thankful for Grampian Police's support. This initiative forms a major part of the Wardens' overall remit, which is providing a vital link between the public, the council and emergency services so that residents feel safe in their homes and in public, while ensuring the city's transport network runs smoothly."

Inspector Kevin Wallace of Grampian Police said: "We are delighted to be working alongside Aberdeen City Council's City Wardens for this extremely important initiative as part of the Community Safety Partnership.

"Everyone has a duty to ensure that our young people are able to walk to and from school safely, and there is a responsibility on every driver or rider to ensure they abide by the highway code and traffic laws.

"It's imperative that drivers watch their speed, obey traffic signals and don't park in places that may cause a hazard or force children out into the road.

"We will be a visible presence outside city schools, looking carefully at the behaviour of motorists when young people will be walking to and from school."