Representatives from Scarborough’s emergency services have a clear message this Christmas: don’t drink and drive.
Fire, police and ambulance crews from the Scarborough area are joining forces once again with North Yorkshire County Council‘s Road Safety Partnership and other agencies on Sunday December 16 to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences caused by mindless drink and drug driving.
Emergency services staff will be in the town centre all day outside Marks and Spencer to talk to Christmas shoppers. They will also simulate a rescue from a road traffic collision to demonstrate the stark and very real consequences caused by those who choose to get behind the wheel whilst under the influence.
The event, which is being held for a second year, will also give members of the public the opportunity to speak to emergency service representatives who will also be distributing Drinkaware alcohol unit calculators.
In the lead-up to the event, emergency service colleagues are actively working to display Drinkaware posters in pubs, hotels and restaurants across the local area.
Jason Carlyon, clinical development manager from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “Everyone is working really hard in the run-up to the event to try and spread the message about the dangers of drink and drug driving and the very real and distressing consequences that can happen.
“The demonstration itself will show how all the emergency services work together to deal with these types of incident.”
Firefighter Chris Spurden said: “We will be visiting as many businesses as possible and asking them to display posters to help us get the message across.
“The Crown Spa Hotel has agreed to display posters and give out information to discourage drink driving and promote the idea of a designated driver.
“We are encouraging other establishments who put on Christmas parties to do the same and they can contact Scarborough Fire Station for more information.”
The hotel’s manager, David Chambers, said they gave out 80 vouchers last year for free drinks for designated drivers at Christmas party nights.
He added: “If we can help, we more than pleased to do so.”
Community safety crew manager from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Rose Fearnley said: “Whilst most people are looking forward to celebrating Christmas, there will be some families for whom the festive period brings back painful memories of losing a loved one to a drink-drive related incident.”
Mike Wingrove, fire station manager for Scarborough District, said: “Different events will be delivered across the Scarborough borough and Ryedale area this year and we are working in conjunction with Road Safety Groups spreading the key safety messages.
“These are Don’t Drink and Drive, Winter Driving Checklist and Be Bright, Be Seen.”