BCHS students ready for Safe Drive, Stay Alive experience
THE dangers lurking for young people about to embark on the adventure that is learning to drive are set to be strongly underlined for a group of Buckie High students.
Last week saw the S5 year group put the finishing touches to their preparations before joining fellow students from across the north-east at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen for Safe drive, Stay Alive.
The event, now in its 15 year in Aberdeen, has become a staple of the school's road safety over the years and has rightly earned a reputation for being a hard-hitting, no punches pulled hour.
Aimed at both young drivers and passengers, see graphic scenes of car accidents and their aftermath, following the story as it moves from rescue to emergency hospital treatment and police investigations.
The specially-commissioned film features actors alongside live presentations from fire and paramedic crews, traffic police officers and health professionals.
Relatives and victims of road accidents that have occurred in the area will also give presentations on how their lives have been affected.
One of those working with her class ahead of the event was PT guidance Donna Mackintosh.
She said: "We've been looking at some of the factors which can create accidents as well as watching a number of video clips.
"These have included one called driving with Grace – a story about a group of teenagers un down by a car – and one featuring Moray woman Sophie Morgan called licence to kill. She was actually the cause of her own accident outside Elgin when she was driving too fast and her car left the road, leaving her in a wheelchair."
The students also had a memorable and thought-provoking talk from PC Mark Potter which was in part graphic in its portrayal of some of the consequences of car accidents, including drink and drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
He also covered areas such such as various traffic laws.