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Road Safety Demonstration at Queen Elizabeth Barracks

5th December 2018

On 12th December North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service along with North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, will be providing a road safety demonstration to around 100 military personnel at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall.

The demonstration will focus on the consequences of drink driving.

Station Manager Mark Upton from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “As part of our commitment to the National Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Principles (JESIP) and the Christmas Drink Drive Campaign this demonstration allows us to work closely with our partners to keep our communities and visitors to North Yorkshire and the City of York safe.

This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the consequences should an incident occur involving drink/drug driver, not just over the festive period but as an all year-round message.”

Sgt Robert Cooke, MT SNCO for 34 Field Hospital based at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, added: “This year’s Road Safety Campaign will be focusing on drink driving. Drink driving is still an issue within society with many accidents avoidable if alcohol was not a factor. 34 Field Hospital, based at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Strensall, will be receiving a live demonstration alongside North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Police, Ambulance and North Yorkshire Air Ambulance to highlight of the consequences of drink driving and the huge effort involved to responding to an incident of someone’s poor choices.

It is vitally important to push the message leading into Christmas that drink driving can have catastrophic effects on people’s lives. It also allows 34 Fd Hosp to build close, working relationships with the local emergency services for any future tasks or training we may do together.” 

PC Laura Cleary, North Yorkshire Police, said: “During the festive period North Yorkshire Police will be running their annual campaign ‘Operation Attention’ targeting drink and drug drivers. By working closely with our fellow emergency services, we hope to extend the message that driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is simply not acceptable.”

Insp Dave Barf of the Major Collision Investigation Team said: “If you saw what we see when we attend fatal and serious injury crashes, you’d understand why we want you to do everything possible to avoid them.”

You can find out more about North Yorkshire Police’s campaign here https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/christmas-drink-drive-2018/

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