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Mock crash to be staged as part of Aberdeenshire road safety event

Firefighters and police officers will take part in a mock crash in an Aberdeenshire town next month as they campaign for safer roads across the region.
Firefighters and police officers will take part in a mock crash in an Aberdeenshire town next month as they campaign for safer roads across the region.

Firefighters and police officers will take part in a mock crash in an Aberdeenshire town next month as part of their campaign for safer roads across the region.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland are calling on the public to attend the event at Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk, on February 8.

The rescuers will feature in a mock accident involving two cars, showing their typical response to a crash, using hydraulic cutting equipment and typical extrication techniques.

Both emergency services hope the event will help raise awareness of the importance of safer driving on Scottish roads, with the aim of reducing the number of people killed or seriously hurt in the north east.

SFRS station manager, Stuart Cruickshank, said: “We are working with our partners at Police Scotland to highlight road safety in the area, demonstrate how the public can take control of their own driving style and raise awareness about the consequences of a road traffic collision and how collisions can be avoided.”

There will be a safety presentation before the demonstration in the car park of the old Mearns Academy.

The event starts at 7pm in the school’s lecture room and is open to anyone aged 16 years and above. The demonstration will begin at 8pm.

Laurencekirk’s Tower Garage is offering a voucher for attendees, allowing them a free light and tyre check for their vehicles – with a prize draw for one person to win an MOT.

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