Staged car crash warns against drink driving consequences
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An event which took place in Higham Ferrers market square last Friday (November 26), saw a staged car crash take place to demonstrate the dangers of drink driving.
The event was supported by Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, and the Town Council, and saw a staged collision take place in front of 100 onlookers.
Following the collision, police officers arrested one of the vehicle’s occupants whilst Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service cut out a “casualty” and the East Midlands Ambulance Service then treated them.
The emergency services then spoke to the public about their work and the dangers and consequences of drink driving.
Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Leigh Françoise Goodwin, said: “It was great to see so many people at this event last Friday as it gave us a great opportunity to demonstrate, in a stark way, the tragic consequences of making the selfish and dangerous decision to get behind the wheel when intoxicated.
“We got some really good feedback from the community who found the event extremely interactive and educational. They thanked us for our bravery in doing it and we felt like it really hit home.
“It was also a great chance for all three emergency services to demonstrate the work that goes on at the scene of a road traffic collision.”
Station Manager at Rushden Fire Station, Craig Douglas, said: “We hope that running these demonstrations will raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving and help people to make the right decision when out and about, especially over the Christmas period. Drink driving can have profound and lasting implications on not only those people who get behind the wheel, but also their friends and family, and often innocent people.
“We are working with our police colleagues to help keep our roads and our communities safe, with a view to driving down the number of collisions and casualties that the emergency services have to deal with.”