Insight into realities of a fatal collision

Although casualty numbers are reducing, young drivers and their passengers remain a vulnerable group when it comes to crashes, injuries and fatalities across Scotland.

In Tayside alone, 34 people were killed and 892 were injured on the roads between April 2009 and March 2010.

Not all accidents can be attributed to young drivers but these accidents included many in the 17 to 25 age group.

Factors in young driver crashes include inexperience, lack of awareness, distraction and, at times, peer pressure and over confidence.

So, Tayside Police are once again supporting the ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ theatre production to engage with hundreds of senior high school pupils and college students when the shows begin later this month across Angus, Dundee and Perth.

The intention is to offer an insight into the realities of a fatal road collision and attempts to change attitudes towards safe driver and passenger behaviour and to give the audience a true sense of their own mortality by showing the real dangers that arise when road safety is neglected.

Angela Wilson, Tayside Police Assistant Chief Constable, said: “Tayside Police is fully supportive of Safe Drive Stay Alive.

“It is another excellent educational tool to assist young people to become careful, considerate and safe drivers and road users.

“Young people may think they are invincible but, unfortunately, the number of collisions we have to deal with show they are not.

“They need to understand that any risks they take when driving can have monumental effects on themselves, their family and their friends.”

In Angus, the show will be held at the Reid Hall, Forfar, on Wednesday, November 16 (today) from 10.15 am to 3 pm.