Staged car crash helps highlight drink effects

Shoreham firefighters demonstrate how they release a trapped casualty in a staged car crash scene
Shoreham firefighters demonstrate how they release a trapped casualty in a staged car crash scene

‘BET you don’t want to meet us on a night out’ were the stark words from Shoreham firefighters when they staged a car crash scene in the town centre.

Fire crews showed how they release a trapped casualty during the drink-drive themed event in East Street on Friday, June 21, and were also on hand to offer road safety advice.

The event was arranged to coincide with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership’s current summer drink-drive campaign, ‘Drink OR Drive, it’s your choice - make the right choice!’.

Firefighter Dave King, who organised the event, said: “There is no way of knowing if just the one drink will affect you enough to cause you to have a collision and we want to remind people that you may still be over the legal limit the morning after the night before, so be aware and think before you drive anywhere, give alcohol time.

“We wanted to bring to people’s attention just how horrific a car crash can be and by demonstrating how we cut a casualty out of a wreckage, we hope that people will take more care on the roads when driving and make sure it’s never under the influence of alcohol.”

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service thanked PCR Motors of Shoreham for donating the crashed car, adding without such support, they would not be able to put on these crucial community safety events.

If you suspect someone of driving while drunk or drugged, you can take action to stop them hurting themselves or anyone around them. Call 999 or text 65999.

“Don’t let them make their choice into someone else’s certainty,” is the fire service’s plea.

Visit www.DrinkOrDrive.co.uk or www.SussexSaferRoads.gov.uk For further information on the Drink OR Drive campaign.