Crash scene has a safety message
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.