Firefighters are helping make young people aware of the dangers on the roads

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The multi-award winning safety event - Safe Drive Stay Alive will be coming to Stirling from Monday, 6 February.

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More than 4000 young adults from schools across the Forth Valley area will be given a clear insight into the potential consequences following serious a collision.

The multi-award winning Safe Drive Stay Alive event – which will also be celebrating its 100th show - will return to the MacRobert Art Centre in Stirling from Monday, 6 February.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officers alongside police officers, paramedics and A&E doctors will leave no-one in any doubt of what they face at the scene of crashes.

Alan Faulds is the Local Area Liaison Officer for The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Alan Faulds.

He said: “Too many young people are unaware how easily a driver can lose control and how terrible the consequences can be.

“The people who see the show are likely to be learning to drive, to have recently passed their test or to be in the car with a new driver.

“Sadly, the professionals involved in Safe Drive Stay Alive have all seen first-hand the awful results of something going wrong.

“By sharing our experience of needless tragedies with young people we can make them consider their actions so they can choose never to put themselves or others at risk.”

The hard hitting event, now in its tenth year, aims to increase young drivers’ and passengers awareness of safe driving practice and the potential consequences of poor practices on the road.

Statistics show that road deaths and injuries have fallen over the ten years the show has been running - which proves that early intervention and education can produce positive results.

It is a multi-agency initiative with representatives from The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS, local authorities and their relevant Community Safety Partnerships.

It delivers thought-provoking messages to young drivers by demonstrating in realistic terms the potentially lethal consequences should they fail to understand and accept their responsibilities when getting behind the wheel of a car.

Firefighters, police officers and paramedics give first-hand accounts of the devastation a road crash can bring to victims of accidents and surviving family members.

A film is shown illustrating a typical road collision where young people are involved, including driver distraction, bad driving practices and peer pressure.

Interspersed within the film, emergency responders speak of the personal impact when they attend a crash and how they approach informing the next of kin, explaining to the youngsters how families react when told a loved one has been killed.

This is followed by real life family members of people who have had their lives dramatically changed by a road traffic collision.  Their testimonies are hard hitting and can be very emotive to the audience sharing their very serious and long lasting experiences of irresponsible driving.

With some of the country’s most scenic rural routes, emergency services operating in the Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire area, know full well the horrific consequences of careless and irresponsible driving. 

Watch Manager Faulds added: “Hearing these stories has to make us all think about our actions when we are behind the wheel.

“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."

This year the Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshows run from 6–10 February 2017 with a special evening performance on Thursday, 9 February at 7pm. 

The evening performance is open to members of the public who have young and emerging drivers in their family.

Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling the MacRobert Box office on 01786 466 666.

Advice on how to stay safe on the roads is available at http://www.road-safety.org.uk/

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