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Scarborough Drink Drive Awareness Event - Sunday 16 December 2012

11 December 2012

Representatives from Scarborough’s ambulance, fire and rescue and police services are joining forces with North Yorkshire County Council road safety representatives and other agencies on Sunday 16 December 2012 to talk to Christmas shoppers about the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving.

The event, which is being held for a second year, will give members of the public the opportunity to find out more about incidents the emergency services often have to deal with. They will also be able to obtain alcohol unit calculators donated by Drinkaware.

The stark and very real consequences of drink driving will also be on display when Scarborough Green Watch firefighters, alongside colleagues from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North Yorkshire Police, will carry out a simulated rescue from a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision caused by the driver being under the influence of alcohol. The demonstration has been designed to be as realistic as possible and will be based around real drink-drive road traffic collisions that emergency services personnel have attended.

The demonstration will involve firefighters using cutting equipment, paramedics attending to trauma patients and the police dealing with the ‘drunk driver’. The casualties will be played by actors from the Casualties Union.  Members of the public are invited to attend the demonstrations being held at 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm outside Marks and Spencer, Scarborough town centre.

Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “Ambulance crews and our emergency service colleagues often see first-hand the devastating consequences and sometimes fatal injuries which occur as a result of careless decisions to drink and drive. We hope that this campaign will make people more aware of the dangers of drink and drug driving so that we reduce the number of such incidents happening.”

North Yorkshire Firefighter Chris Spurden, who is organising the multi-agency event, said: “Our intention is that the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message will hit home with local people and make them think very seriously about the consequences of drinking and getting behind the wheel. Drink and drug driving ruins lives.”

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