Pupils learn of drive for safety

Safe Drive, Stay Alive has made a return to Galloway, with a presentation being delivered to fifth- and sixth-year pupils from across the area.

Performances were held at Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart Cinema and the Ryan Centre in Stranraer.

The event is an education programme designed to get young people to think about the circumstances of a road traffic collision and is based on a reconstruction of an accident involving young people in Fife.

It takes the form of a short film in which a brother and sister and a friend are involved in a collision – with tragic consequences.

The film shows how the emergency services respond to the collision and what their role is at the incident. Periodically the film is stopped to allow police officers, paramedics, firefighters and medical staff to explain their own feelings and experiences when dealing with a fatal or serious injury accident, and which allows the audience to put the footage they see into a local context.

In a slight change from the event which was held in Galloway two years ago, a representative from the local procurator fiscal’s office also delivers a presentation describing the next stages for the driver involved going to court and possible punishments.

Constable Clark Logie, crime reduction officer at Stranraer, said: “I would like to thank the representatives from the various partner agencies and venues for their continued support, as well as the local secondary schools for allowing their pupils to attend this extremely worthwhile event.

“One road death is one too many and it is hoped that by using projects such as Safe Drive, Stay Alive we are able to highlight, particularly to younger drivers, the importance of remaining attentive while driving and how one bad decision can have devastating affects.”