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Road Safety Demo in Scarborough

3rd December 2015

Emergency services from the Scarborough area are joining forces once again, on Friday 18th December 2015, to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences caused by drink and drug driving.

Staff from all the emergency services will be in the town centre all day, on the 18th December, to talk to Christmas shoppers. They will also simulate a rescue from a road traffic collision to demonstrate the stark and very real consequences caused by those who choose to get behind the wheel whilst under the influence.

The event, which is being held for a fourth year, will also give members of the public the opportunity to speak to emergency service representatives.

The dangers of drink and drug driving will be highlighted along with the very real and distressing consequences that can occur.  The demonstration itself will show how all the emergency services work together to deal with these types of incident.

Station Manager Mark Naylor of NYFRS/ Chair of Scarborough Borough and Ryedale Road Safety Task Group said: “Many motorists are unaware of how long alcohol takes to pass through the body. For the average person, it takes one hour to process one unit of alcohol and with people drinking at home before going out, gauging alcohol consumption in units can be very difficult.   

Please give yourself enough time for the alcohol to pass through your body to ensure you are safe to drive the morning after as many motorists are still over the drink drive limit when they get up the next day. My advice is always, if you’re going to drink don’t drive. Please enjoy your festivities and look out for others in your group who may be tempted to drink/drug drive home after their night out.  The consequences can last a life time.

The 18th December event will be supported by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, North Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service and I would particularly like to thank them and Nick Taylor, Scarborough Town Centre Manager, for supporting this campaign.”

Paramedic Jason Hedges from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) added: “Ambulance crews and our emergency service colleagues often see first-hand the devastating consequences and sometimes fatal injuries which occur as a result of careless decisions to drink and drive. We hope that this campaign will make people more aware of the dangers of drink and drug driving so that we reduce the number of such incidents happening."

Sgt Neale Rees from North Yorkshire Police said: “Drink and drug driving can have serious or fatal consequences, not only in the form of people being injured or killed but for flouting the law, with fines of up to £5,000, a 12 month driving ban or more and in some cases a possible prison sentence.

The Police now have the equipment to tackle drink and drug driving and the legislation to back it up. The New Section 5A is the drug equivalent of drink driving and if you are found to be over the limit for drug driving the penalties are identical to drink driving. As with drink it can stay in your system for hours and you can still be over the morning after, the same as drugs can stay in your system for a time.

“Drink and drug driving is not just for Christmas and the Police are out using intelligence carrying out operations and checks as well as routine stops. As with many things the Police rely on the support of the public and with other agencies and continued public support the Police will continue to proactively target drink drug driving. I would also like to take the opportunity to urge people with information regarding drink/drug drivers to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or 999 if urgent or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

As well as the outdoor practical demonstration, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will have a stall within The Brunswick Shopping Centre, where Christmas fire safety messages will be delivered. Home fire safety visit appointments will also be offered, so if you think you would benefit from a visit pop in and see us.

Station Manager Mark Naylor ends: “On behalf of NYFRS we would like to thank Victoria Mitchell for allowing us to use the shopping centre on potentially one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

 

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