Staged accident highlights antisocial driving

An event to raise awareness of antisocial driving and the effect it can have on people’s lives will be held in Insch on Monday (October 8).

A Community Partnership Project, “Crash Live” has been organised in response to local concerns about the standard of driving in Insch and local villages.

It will include a staged road traffic accident with volunteers in the role of victims, displaying how the emergency services deal with such a scene.

It is the first time such an event has been held in Garioch, with Grampian Police, the Scottish Ambulance Service and Grampian Fire and Rescue all taking part.

The emergency services will showcase the role they play in dealing with road accidents, with each giving a ten minute presentation.

Grampian Police will speak about driver attitudes and the demonstration will show how the fire and rescue service cut people who are trapped out of their vehicles.

Insch Local Police Constable, John Fairclough, said: “We have had a number of complaints recently regarding antisocial driving and speeding in local communities by a wide cross section of motorists.

“We hope that by organising a partnership event and showcasing the role emergency services have to play that we’ll raise awareness of the issues and challenge attitudes.

“Anyone who is concerned about anti-social driving and the number of road casualties in local communities will hopefully find this a useful and interesting event.”

Anyone interested in a career with Grampian Police or as a retained firefighter with Grampian Fire and Rescue Service is also invited to come along.

“Crash Live” will take place at Bennachie Leisure Centre, Insch, from 6.30pm on Monday.