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Scarborough Road Safety Event

22nd December 2011

Title: Drink Drive Awareness Event - 22nd December 2011

Firefighters, ambulance crews and police officers from the Scarborough area are joining forces with North Yorkshire County Council road safety representatives and other agencies on Thursday 22nd December 2011 to talk to Christmas shoppers about the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving.

Members of all the emergency services will be available in the town centre during the day to talk to members of the public who will also have the opportunity to have a go in a reaction tester which will demonstrate how the reactions of a driver are seriously reduced when under the influence of drink or drugs. In addition, alcohol unit calculators have been donated by Drinkaware and will be distributed to the public throughout the day.

The stark and very real consequences of drink driving will also be on display when Scarborough Green Watch personnel, alongside their colleagues from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, will carry out a simulated rescue from a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision caused by the driver being under the influence of alcohol. The demonstration has been designed to be as realistic as possible and will be based around real drink-drive road traffic collisions that emergency services personnel present on the day have attended.

The demonstration will involve firefighters using cutting equipment and paramedics attending to trauma patients.  The casualties will be played by actors from the Casualties Union and a member of the local press. There will be three demonstrations at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30.

North Yorkshire Firefighter Chris Spurden, who is organising the day, said “We are hoping that by organising this multi-agency initiative the “don’t drink and drive” message will hit home with the public of Scarborough and make people think about the consequences of drinking and then getting behind the wheel. Drink and drug driving really can ruin your life and others’ lives as well.”

Jason Carlyon, Emergency Care Practitioner at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Ambulance clinicians often witness first-hand the devastation caused by drink driving and are faced with treating patients who have sustained horrific and sometimes fatal injuries, not to mention the emotional scars which often last a lifetime.  We are pleased to be working alongside our emergency service colleagues on this campaign and hope that it will make people think about the serious consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Location:        Outside Brunswick Pavilion, Scarborough town centre

Time:              10:00 to 15:00

Date:               22nd December 2011

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