5th Dec, 2016

Demo highlights drink dangers

Rob George 18th Dec, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DEMONSTRATION of how emergency services tackle a road traffic collision was held in the heart of Evesham.

South Worcestershire Cops were joined by colleagues from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Services on Saturday (December 12) for the event.

In the demo, the driver of the vehicle has been driving whilst under the influence of drink and caused a collision so severe that his female passenger has hit her head on the windscreen, suffered a serious spinal injury and become trapped in her seat.

The demonstration was put together by PC Rachel Fall, PC Carl Shenton and PC Dave Wise from South Worcestershire Cops.

They hope the scene will give the public an insight into what happens when the emergency services attend a road traffic collision and the impact drink or drug driving can have on those involved and their families.

PC Shenton said: “In the first week of December 2015, we have arrested 71 people for driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and sadly, 10 of these have been following a road traffic collision.”

PC Fall added: “I’d like to thank all of the emergency services personnel involved in our demonstration for giving up their time to help us get this message across and to those members of the public who joined us on a rather windy day in Evesham”

“If just one person goes away with a changed attitude about drink or drug driving it will have been a resounding success!”

A final chance for the public to sign South Worcestershire Cops pledge boards, get involved with our photobooth and see another collision demo is planned for Worcester in the run up to Christmas.

PC Dave Wise said of the campaign: “We have tried hard to think of different ways to involve the public in our campaign.

“It’s really important to let those offenders know that it isn’t just the police but also their colleagues, friends and family who are standing up against drink & drug driving”

Visit www.youtube.com and search for ‘Evesham Drink Drive Collision Demonstration’ to see the demonstration in full.