The aftermath of serious car accident was staged infront of a young crowd in Peterhead over the weekend in a bid to improve road safety.
Police, fire and ambulance services worked on the reconstruction as part of the Crash Live event, which deploys a badly damaged car and trapped casualties to illustrate the horrors of such collisions and the rescue operation they demand.
Officers from all the emergency services were on hand to answer questions from young drivers and those on the verge of taking driving lessons.
Peterhead fire station manager Bruce Milne, one of the organisers, said it had been an excellent opportunity for drivers to see how serious road collisions can be.
Mr Milne said: “Sadly we continue to see people lose their lives on the north east’s roads.
“We are continually working hard with our partners in the other emergency services and local authorities to try and raise awareness about the importance of road safety and by doing that hopefully reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”
The reconstruction, which took place at Peterhead’s community fire station on Saturday, focussed on the emergency response to a serious collision from first responders to a crash investigation and the “harrowing role” police officers have of informing victims’ relatives.
Sandy Allan, chairman of the Buchan Community Safety Group, last night praised emergency services’ efforts to reach out to at-risk drivers.
Mr Allan said: “The safety group is very supportive of the Crash Live events because they do raise awareness among one target group – young drivers.
“Obviously young and new drivers are still gaining experience and events like this are an important help.
“But from a community safety point of view we’d like to target older drivers as well. It’s a long time since they passed their tests and maybe a refresher course is due. Sadly, they’re harder to reach.”
Mr Allan said he was was concerned that many of the recent fatalities on north-east roads had been older drivers.
On November 13, 71-year-old Philip Bremner was killed in an accident on the A90, Fraserburgh to Lonmay road.
The Mintlaw pensioner died at the scene when his silver Volkswagen Jetta collided with a black Nissan Qashqai.
On October 3 61-year-old Henry McPherson was killed in a collision between his grey Vauxhall Corsa and a blue Ford Focus C-Max on the A952 between Mintlaw and Toll of Birness.
Crash Live events have also been held in Turriff, Inverurie, Insch and Newmachar.