Pupils respond to scheme’s strong message

Safe Drive Stay Alive events such as this one can have a profound effect on young people.
Safe Drive Stay Alive events such as this one can have a profound effect on young people.

*More than 4,000 school pupils from across Tayside recently attended the multi-award winning and hard hitting road safety event Safe Drive Stay Alive.

*Safe Drive Stay Alive was organised and delivered by representatives from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service along with partners from NHS Tayside, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland, Tayside’s three local authorities and volunteers.

The events, which took place in Forfar, Dundee and Perth throughout November provided an important message to future drivers before they even begin to learn to drive or are passengers in a car with their friends.

They present video based reconstructions of road traffic collision scenarios as well as input from emergency service personnel designed to educate and create awareness amongst the next generation of drivers

Stephen Wood, SFRS Community Safety Officer, said that while the services want young people to enjoy the freedom and independence that driving offers, they still want to raise awarness of the associated risks and responsibilities.

He continued: “The last thing SFRS and their partners want is a young driver to become another terrible statistic.

“This year in Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross the event engaged with over 4,000 school pupils to pass this message on and is a testimony to the commitment of our partners, schools and the pupils themselves that have been able to deliver safe drive stay alive successfully this year.

“By illustrating the real life experiences of the emergency services and those directly involved in road traffic collisions, I hope the Safe Drive Stay Alive event has made our young people more aware of the risks and help to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.”

Now in its ninth year in Tayside, SDSA continues to play a key role in helping to reduce road traffic casualties on Tayside’s roads.

Many young people, who attended previous shows as school pupils, comment on the positive effect the show had on them. Several former attendees are now helping with the event as volunteers indicating the lasting effect the initiative has had.

Safe Drive Stay Alive Tayside held seven shows across three venues throughout November and the feedback received was overwhelmingly positive.