Reconstruction of drink drive smash mocked-up for RAF personnel

Darlington and Stockton Times: Drink drive crash scenario during Road Safety Week Drink drive crash scenario during Road Safety Week

A SHOCKING drink drive accident scenario has made up part of an event for RAF personnel for a Road Safety Week.

RAF Leeming hosted the week of presentations and training sessions, which included thought-provoking presentations from people whose lives have been changed by road accidents, a driving competition, free winter car checks and the opportunity to drive in a skid car.

The North Yorkshire Station has won the RAF’s Road Safety Rose Bowl several times for its road safety ethic and initiative in presenting issues to personnel.

Flashing police lights and an ambulance on the scene of a fictitious incident outside the main Station Headquarters were designed to get personnel thinking about the possible repercussions of their actions if they decide to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

The scenario was put together with the help of the station medical centre staff and RAF Police, and was so realistic that passers-by stopped to ask if they could help.

Flight Sergeant Hazel Prestwood, one of the co-ordinators of the week’s events, said: “Some of the presentations have been pretty hard hitting, and the response from the people who have seen them has been really good.

“We have covered a wide range of topics including cycle awareness – which is obviously very big news in London and the moment and drink driving.

“We are really trying to get younger drivers to think about their actions the day after they’ve been out on the beer.”

Road Safety Week is now over but personnel at RAF Leeming will continue to push the message with a focus on the dangers of drink driving in the weeks running up to Christmas.

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