Road Safety

Plans and strategies

Road safety education and activities

Aberdeenshire council, in partnership with Grampian Police, is involved in a number of Road Safety Activities run in Aberdeenshire schools and academies:

Primary schools

Road Safety Magic Shows are aimed at early primary year pupils, teaching important road safety messages through the medium of magic. View press coverage of the event from the Times Education Supplement.  

Walking Buses can help pupils learn about travelling safely and actively on the way to school. Walking Buses are set up by individual schools in partnership with Grampian Police's Road Safety Unit and the Health Improvement, Active Schools and School Travel Planning initiatives. For more information, please read:


Safe Drive Stay Alive, aimed at S5 pupils, is a thought-provoking road safety initiative highlighting the potentially devastating effects of a serious car crash. The campaign targets young people approaching driving age and aims to leave them with a very hard-hitting and lasting message about their vulnerability. Visit the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership website, or the Safe Drive Stay Alive website for further details.

The next Safe Drive Stay Alive is scheduled for the first week of November 2011 at Aberdeen's Beach Ballroom.

Secondary Two and Road Safety project (STARS), in which groups of S2 pupils work with theatre professionals from Firefly Youth Theatre to create and perform a short road safety play for their peers. STARS, now in it's third round, visits academies every year; for more information, please read the STARS documents below or contact us.

Wider activities

Bus Stop! is a resource pack created by Aberdeenshire council and Talisman Energy (UK) Limited; the pack is themed to increase the safety awareness of young people using public and school transport, focusing in on distractions and their potential consequences. The pack and campaign are rolled out to all Aberdeenshire Schools and Academies.

Schools across Scotland can tap into the resource via 1 second 1 life website, which has an electronic version of the teaching pack and a copy of the two teaching films. The website also includes a V advert promoting key messages from the Bus Stop! campaign. This was broadcast across the region during autumn/winter 2010.

New School Bus Signs - Following concerns being raised regarding the visibility and interpretation of the existing school bus sign, Aberdeenshire council, with support from the Scottish Government, have developed new school bus signage designed to increase motorists’ awareness to school buses and, in turn, the possible presence of school pupils. A trial of the new signage was launched at Meldrum Academy, Oldmeldrum, in November 2009 and was assessed using various surveys. The results from the evaluation are now available here.

In light of the positive results from the trial, the Council is in the process of rolling-out the new signage across the region.

Contact us

For further information, please contact:

School Travel Planning Officer
Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
Aberdeen AB16 5GB

Telephone: 01224 664781


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