Firefighters highlight road dangers to youngsters

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

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More than 4500 young adults from schools across the area will be given a clear insight to the potential consequences that follows serious collisions.

The multi-award winning safety event - Safe Drive Stay Alive will be coming to the Dundee, Angus and Perth areas from next week.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officers alongside police officers, paramedics and A&E doctors will leave no-one in any doubt of the horrors they face at the scene of crashes.

SFRS community safety officer Station Manager Ewan Baird, made clear the importance of getting the message across.

He explained: “Too many young people are unaware how easily a driver can lose control and how terrible the consequences can be.

“The people who see the show are likely to be learning to drive, to have recently passed their test or to be in the car with a new driver.

“Sadly, the professionals involved in Safe Drive Stay Alive have all seen first-hand the awful results of something going wrong.

“By sharing our experience of needless tragedies with young people we can make them consider their actions so they can choose never to put themselves or others at risk.”

The hard hitting event, which has been running since 2006, aims to increase young drivers’ and passengers awareness of safe driving practice and the potential consequences of poor practices on the road.

It delivers thought-provoking messages to young drivers by demonstrating in realistic terms the potentially lethal consequences should they fail to understand and accept their responsibilities when getting behind the wheel of a car.

Firefighters and paramedics give first-hand accounts of the devastation a road crash can bring to a family are given by victims of accidents and surviving family members.

A film is shown illustrating a typical road collision where young people are involved, including driver distraction, bad driving practices and peer pressure.

Interspersed within the film, emergency responders speak of the personal impact when they attend a crash and how they approach informing the next of kin, explaining to the youngsters how families react when told a loved one has been killed.

This is followed by real life family members of people who have had their lives dramatically changed by a road traffic collision. Their testimonies are hard hitting and can be very emotive to the audience sharing their very serious and long lasting experiences of irresponsible driving.

Station Manager Baird added: “Hearing these stories has to make us all think about our actions when we are behind the wheel.

“I hope the Safe Drive Stay Alive event has made our young people more aware of the risks and help to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.”

This year’s event which was organised by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and supported by partner agencies including: Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland, Tayside Trauma Team, St Andrews First Aid, Local Authority Community Wardens, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership, Perth and Kinross Council, Dundee City Council and Angus Council.

We would also like to thank our sponsors Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and Cash for Kids.

This year the Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshows run:

Forfar - 8 and 9 November

Dundee - 14 and 15 November

Perth – 21, 22 and 23 November

Advice on how to stay safe on the roads is available at http://www.road-safety.org.uk/

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