Hard-hitting campaign to cut road deaths

Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the North-east have voiced their support for a road safety campaign which targets young drivers.

The Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshow aims to reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Grampian.

The hard-hitting production, which begins at the Beach Ballroom on Monday, November 5, will deliver a real shock to fifth year pupils from across the north-east, with a thought-provoking stage show and film which tells the story of a tragic road accident.

Athletes including gold medal-winning canoeist Tim Baillie and cyclist Neil Fachie, have joined the call for young people to take responsibility and make sure they are safe behind the wheel.

The athletes took part in a major public event on September 16 to celebrate their achievements in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Though they were busy greeting the crowds, signing autographs and having their pictures taken, the athletes took the opportunity to add their support for the Safe Drive Stay Alive campaign in a recorded message.

Hannah, who saw the Safe Drive Stay Alive show during her fifth year, said the show had “really helped improve my driving” and “made her more aware”.

Already this year 19 people have died in road traffic collisions in Grampian, including five aged between 17-25, and 281 people have been seriously injured.

A free Safe Drive Stay Alive evening show for the public takes place at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen on Wednesday, November 7 from 7.15pm.

The roadshow, which is promoted by the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership, is designed to help reduce the number of young people involved in fatal or serious road collisions in Grampian, by shocking them into thinking about the reasons behind accidents and their consequences.

For more information about the evening session, contact Kate Rigby on 01467

628439 or email kate.rigby@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, or just come along on the night.