Young drivers heed safety advice

The young drivers group

The young drivers group

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Recently, local police crime and violence reduction officer, Constable Billy Dodds, held an awareness night for young and new drivers from Newton Stewart and the South Machars.

Fourteen young drivers attended and were given awareness in various aspects of car care, the dangers they faced as young and new drivers and the common mistakes made as a young driver and its consequences.

The event also captured the first hand accounts from two young drivers who discussed the impact it had on them as a result of losing their licences within the first two years after passing their test.

The event was supported by The Machars Car Club and OCD Valeting, Dalbeattie, who kindly donated a mini valet to the winner of the written assessment.

After the event Constable Dodds said: “We looked at how we, as an organisation, could engage with the young and new drivers in the town. As it was our first time in creating this type of event I didn’t know how many young or new drivers would attend, but I was pleased when 14 drivers arrived. I am confident each young driver learned something new at the event and we may see a change in driver behaviour.

“I’d like thank those who supported the event and a special thank-you to Graham Brown Car Sales for the use of his premises and the refreshments provided on the night. Congratulations to Duncan McHarg who won the voucher for the mini valet after he achieved the highest score on the assessment.

“I’d like to deliver another similar event towards the end of the year, focusing on winter driver safety and would welcome any ideas from the young and new drivers as to what they’d like to see at this event.”