Graphic images used to drive home road safety message

Road safety event used images to drive home its message

Graphic images of horrific road accidents have been used to press home a road safety message to young drivers in Moray this week.

The move was part of a plan by Police Scotland to emphasise the horrific consequences of road accidents with a high number of casualties recorded on Moray’s road this summer.

Fire and Ambulance crews joined police officers in the demonstration at Fife Square in Keith as part of an awareness campaign organised by the Moray Community Safety Partnership.

Motorists were provided with an opportunity to speak with the emergency services while at the same time having their car seats checked over.

They were also shown demonstrations that included the aftermath of some horrific road accidents.

Transport safety education officer Lucy Cramb said: “This was a valuable opportunity for local people to have their seats checked for free as this check could save a child’s life.

“Incompatible seats, loose belts or harnesses, incorrect routings are common faults which can increase the risk of severe injury or be fatal.

“We were not there to judge people – we just want children to travel as safely as possible.”

Figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents show that there are over 700 deaths caused by speeding on UK roads ever year, with inexperience cited as the cause of killing more than 300 novice drivers and passengers.

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