Crash scene has a safety mes­sage

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­[email protected]­

More than 200 high school stu­dents saw first-hand this week how two sec­onds of dis­trac­tion be­hind the wheel of a car can change lives for­ever.

Emer­gency ser­vices worked to­gether to stage a real-time crash sce­nario in front of years five and six pupils who watched the drama un­fold at Moss­field Sta­dium on Mon­day.

The hard-hit­ting event, car­ry­ing a strong safety mes­sage, was co-or­gan­ised with Youth Ser­vices, mark­ing the Year of Young Peo­ple.

Ewan Shearer, 17, takes his driv­ing test next month and said the shock­ing sce­nario will stick in his mind when he takes to the road.

‘When I start driv­ing, I’ll re­mem­ber what con­se­quences your ac­tions can have. It was shock­ing. There will ab­so­lutely be no mo­bile phones used. It’s made me think about dis­trac­tions, even about wav­ing to friends,’ he said.

Res­cue ser­vices and young peo­ple acted out what hap­pens at a crash scene, start­ing with a call for help to the po­lice. It went on to in­volve a young driver be­ing cau­tioned by po­lice, a trapped per­son be­ing cut out of the wreck­age and a fa­tal­ity be­ing re­moved from an­other car in­volved in the head-on col­li­sion.

The real-time crash hap­pened when the driver took his eyes off the road for just two sec­onds to look at a mo­bile phone.

Ve­rina Lit­ster, road safety part­ner at Lochgilp­head Com­mu­nity Fire Sta­tion, said the event was about mak­ing young peo­ple stop and think hard about their driv­ing which, in turn, will hope­fully re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of fu­ture col­li­sions and fa­tal­i­ties on Ar­gyll and Bute’s roads.

Al­most a quar­ter of all road ac­ci­dent in which some­one is killed or se­ri­ously in­jured in Ar­gyll and Bute in the past three years have oc­curred on the A83 be­tween Fur­nace and the Rest and Be Thank­ful, many of which in­volved young driv­ers.

‘It’s the dan­gers to young driv­ers on ru­ral roads that we wanted to get across. We’re par­tic­u­larly en­cour­ag­ing them to down­load an app which will stop texts when you are driv­ing,’ she said.

Emer­gency ser­vices as­sist a ‘ca­su­alty’ trapped in one of the cars.

Young ac­tors joined emer­gency ser­vices to present Mon­day’s real-time crash sce­nario.

Pupils look on as the head-on crash drama un­folds.

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